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


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


840H School of Communication and Design


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

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

Design Studio 1: Drawing & Model Making for Design 



Course Description

This course is focused on providing you with a design language through familiarity with the essential concepts and principles underlying all good design. The course encourages you to experiment with different forms and different elements. The course is an essential introduction to later studies in design and aims to help you develop creative methods of thinking and a critical approach to your own work. In this introductory phase you will extend basic modelling skills and a working knowledge of materials and processes by developing concepts using models and presentations. 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.


This course draws on skills and knowledge learnt in Design Studio 1, History & Theory 1 and Design & Computing 1. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Produce a visual artifact that is a considered and innovative response to a given brief.
  • Understand and demonstrate how meaning is contained within a visual artifact.
  • Work within a team-based environment wherein each member has a particular role in the creative process.
  • Ideate and brainstorm within a team-based creative environment.

This course supports your development in these program learning outcomes:

Exercise critical thinking and judgment when evaluating products, outputs and outcomes of design activity in multiple disciplines in a range of media.

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, collaborative projects 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

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. Assignments are:


Project Milestone 1       20%

Project Milestone 2       50%

Project Milestone 3       30%