Course Title: Design Studio 2 - Elements & Principles of Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Studio 2 - Elements & Principles of Design

Credit Points: 12.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet1 2018,
Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet2 2019,
Viet3 2019,
Viet1 2020,
Viet2 2020,
Viet3 2020,
Viet1 2021,
Viet2 2021,
Viet1 2022,
Viet2 2022,
Viet3 2022,
Viet1 2023,
Viet2 2023,
Viet3 2023,
Viet1 2024


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet2 2020,
Viet1 2022,
Viet2 2022,
Viet3 2022,
Viet1 2023,
Viet2 2023,
Viet1 2024

Course Coordinator: Michal Teague

Course Coordinator Phone: +842432012513

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: VNHN 1.5.018

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
You should have satisfactorily completed GRAP2743/GRAP2806 Design Studio 1 – Drawing & Model Making and  Design; GRAP2740/2808 History and Theory of Design 1 and GRAP2754/GRAP2897 Design and Computing 1 (Applications) before you commence this course.
Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. 
Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.  

Course Description

This course is focused on equipping you with a design language through familiarisation with the essential concepts and principles underlying all good design. The course encourages you to experiment with different design forms, elements and principles and aims to help you develop creative methods of thinking and a critical approach to your own work. You will extend basic modelling skills and a working knowledge of materials and processes to develop and present innovative concepts. Learning takes place in a studio environment, and you will be encouraged to take part in critiquing your own and others’ work. The practice of design combines both independent and collaborative work and this course requires you to use both methods of design development.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course supports your development in these program learning outcomes:
PLO3 Exercise critical thinking and judgment when evaluating products, outputs and outcomes of design activity in multiple disciplines in a range of media.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
CLO1 Identify and explain how meaning is constructed within a visual artifact. 

CLO2 Apply design elements and principles in an experimental design process.  

CLO3 Generate innovative outputs that are considered responses to a given brief.

CLO4 Ideate and problem-solve within a team-based creative environment.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as: 

  • Studio based discussion and development of design ideas with teachers and peers.
  • Topic specific seminars; space to introduce, explore and extend key course topics, theories and design projects.
  • Group-based learning; group discussion and peer critique. 
  • Presentations; the communication of your ideas to peers and teachers.
  • Negotiated learning – during the program you will have the opportunity to negotiate project outcomes in consultation with your teachers.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online resources through RMIT Vietnam University Library.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course Learning Outcomes and on your development against the Program Learning Outcomes. Assessment is based on an evaluation of how well you can demonstrate your understanding of concepts of design principles and design elements considered in the course.

Assessment Tasks
Assessment Task 1 – Design Research Analysis, 50%, CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2 – Design Concept, Communication and Presentation, 50%, CLOs 3 & 4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.