Course Title: Design Studies - Capstone Studio 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Studies - Capstone Studio 1

Credit Points: 24.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


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


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet2 2022,
Viet3 2022,
Viet1 2023

Course Coordinator: Andrew Stiff

Course Coordinator Phone: +84 961407647

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: SGS; RMIT Vietnam

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

All year one and two courses completed.

Course Description

In this course, you will be offered a high degree of creative and intellectual freedom to develop your own innovative design ideas and solutions. You will be encouraged to apply your theoretical and practical skills in your chosen design discipline to a particular social, environmental and/or sustainability challenge. Integrating your previous learning and applying it to a real-world problem will require further development of research, problem identification/definition and problem-solving capability. You will be required to develop your real-world design solution to at least a prototype stage and to present this to lecturers and peers for critical feedback and further solution refinement.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Use design methods and capability to identify and analyse a real-world challenge or problem
  • Research social, ethical, environmental and cultural domains relevant to a design challenge or problem to inform design-thinking and processes.
  • Use design thinking, experimentation and creative capability to propose and assess possible solutions to a real-world challenge or problem.
  • Develop an original design-based response to a real-world challenge or problem.
  • Develop, in a team and as an individual, models and prototypes of solutions.
  • Participate in effective critical peer and group evaluation of solutions.
  • Refine solutions based on critical evaluation and feedback.
  • Present and exhibit design solutions to enable potential markets and users to adopt solutions.

This course supports your development in these program learning outcomes:

  • Exercise creativity, critical thinking and independent judgment to identify and solve real-world design challenges, and define and communicate innovative solutions.
  • Apply planning, problem-solving and decision-making skills to the end-to-end design process.
  • Develop responsibility and accountability for development of a personal design practice that demonstrates an original, ethical, innovative and professional approach to design.

Overview of Learning Activities

Delivered in a design studio format, and with proper teaching support, you will be provided with a high degree of freedom to define your own design challenge/problem, develop your own research and thinking relevant to the social, environmental, ethical or cultural domain and propose/develop your own design solutions. You will be encouraged to develop your creative skills, sense of ethics and critical self-appraisal to develop innovative design outcomes. You will also exhibit your work to peers and a range of teaching staff in a final showcase setting.

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.

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

Assessment is based on an evaluation of your level of attainment in the development and delivery of an integrated project that applies design theory, skills and previous project-based experience to a real-world social, environmental or sustainability issue. Assignments are:

Project Milestone 1                   20%

Project Milestone 2                   50%

Project Milestone 3                   30%