Course Title: Design Studio 1 - Drawing & Model Making for Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Studio 1 - Drawing & Model Making for Design

Credit Points: 12.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet3 2017,
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,
Viet3 2022,
Viet3 2023,
Viet1 2024

Course Coordinator: Sea Nguyen

Course Coordinator Phone: +84 28 3776 1300

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: SGS; RMIT Vietnam

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to drawing and model-making as conceptualisation and communication tools. You will learn a range of different design drawing techniques to enable you to generate, reflect on, analyse and develop ideas and concepts. You will learn to use and apply line and render to visualise and communicate objects, ideas, processes and systems for design. You will also learn to make 3-dimensional (3D) models in response to a brief. The focus of this course is on fundamental design drawing skills and learning how to apply the design process to a model making project.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course supports your development in this program learning outcome:
PLO4 Apply advanced visualisation and representation skills (including use of drawing, modelling and colour) to support design practice.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate these course learning outcomes:
CLO1 Apply fundamental drawing to explore, develop and communicate visual ideas.

CLO2 Demonstrate an understanding of applicability and proficiency in a range of different design drawing techniques. 

CLO3 Demonstrate skills and techniques in model making and understanding of the application of a design process to a 3D model-making project. 

CLO4  Develop a sense of personal visual identity through the process of documenting, self-reflecting, and exploring, fostering an understanding of one's own unique style and creative expression.  

CLO5 Analyse, reflect on and critique your own work and that of your peers 

Overview of Learning Activities

During this course you will participate in tutorial demonstrations and a range of practical learning activities, drawing and model-making workshops and documenting processes to explore and develop your design drawing skills within a drawing studio environment. You will undertake project work that will guide you through the design drawing and model-making process and enable you to develop specific capabilities. Your lecturer will help you tailor your project to suit your capabilities and disciplinary focus.

You will contribute to class critiques and receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and your peers through a variety of consultations, presentations and tutorials. This feedback will help you track your learning against the specified learning outcomes for this course.

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 is 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.

Some projects that involve constructed outputs may require additional materials – this will be negotiated with the lecturer when the project scope is agreed.

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 your attainment in relation to development of visualisation and representation skills.

Assessment Tasks
Assessment Task 1: Design Content 1, 50%, CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Design Content 2, 50% CLOs 3, 4 & 5

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.