Course Title: Design Management and Collaborative Studio

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Management and Collaborative Studio

Credit Points: 12.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


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

Course Coordinator: Daniel Harding

Course Coordinator Phone: +84 8 3776 1300

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: SGS; RMIT Vietnam

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
You should have satisfactorily completed your Year One courses as well as having acquired at least 180 credits 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

In this course, you will investigate principles of design management and practice in relation to key stages in the design process through inquiry-based learning in a studio environment. You will also learn about project management techniques and quality control strategies in the context of local, national and global industry settings for effective design outcomes. This course will give insight into the various ways in which design (and design professionals) can create value and thus become a source of competitive advantage. The course will focus on the management of design, including, for example, the development and marketing of (innovative) design, integrating design in strategic decision making, the marketing-design interface, the measurement of design performance, and how to protect design against imitators.


This course draws on skills and knowledge learnt in first year.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course supports your development in these program learning outcomes:
PLO6 Exercise creativity, critical thinking and independent judgment to identify and solve real-world design challenges, and define and communicate innovative solutions.
PLO8 Develop responsibility and accountability for development of a personal design practice that demonstrates an original, ethical, innovative and professional approach to design.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
CLO1 Use research methods to gather and analyze data, and use the insights to inform design decisions, including ideation, prototyping, and iteration.

CLO 2 Plan, develop, and deliver effective design presentations using verbal and visual communication suitable for different audiences and contexts

CLO 3  Apply collaborative teamwork skills to develop innovative solutions, communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, and contribute to a positive team dynamic.

CLO 4  Apply design principles to industry projects by collaborating with industry partners to identify specific needs, develop innovative solutions, and effectively communicate project outcomes

CLO 5  Utilize project management tools and techniques to plan, execute, and oversee design projects, effectively managing project scope, time, risks, quality, and stakeholder communications

CLO6 Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate design projects and assess personal design practices within the context of teamwork and collaboration

Overview of Learning Activities

Delivered into small design teams, you will be actively engaged in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) that involves a range of self-directed and online activities. This course engages you in learning about design via an immersion into specific aspects of the discipline, its methods and practices of project management. You will work with industry partners, with real briefs and you will also be provided with mentoring for your professional development, This is followed by a collaborative studio environment where ideas are developed through a variety of methods:

  • Prototyping material design artefacts
  • Developing a practice of journaling design ideas.
  • Lectures and studio tutorials
  • Peer review processes
  • Independent design inquiry and critique.
  • Working collaboratively, involving using various communication and design management tools

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

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 participation in, and contribution to, studio activities and projects.

Assessment Tasks
Assessment Task 1: Research & Design Proposal, 25%, CLOs 1 & 2  

Assessment Task 2: Design Production for the Client, 50%, CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Project Analysis & Report, 25%, CLO 6

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.