Course Title: Interior Design Practices 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Interior Design Practices 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Roger Kemp

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99251815

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 100 Level 8

Course Coordinator Availability: Thursdays

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Concurrent Study

You should undertake ARCH1502 Partnered Interior Design Studio 1 at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice.

Course Description

This course provides you with an introduction to contemporary interior design technologies and practices. You will be supported to learn and experiment with new approaches and technologies.

This course is the first of three Interior Design Practices courses which operate as direct support to studio projects providing opportunities to refine specific skill sets and design techniques including communication (written, verbal + visual), technologies (manufacturing, materials and experiential), relevant to the project and provide a base for further extension.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Establish modes of practice that initiate and execute substantial Interior Design projects situated in contemporary interior design.
  • Respond to the challenges of contemporary interior design practice using knowledge of relevant environmental, cultural, political, economic and ethical issues.
  • Generate outcomes for Interior Design projects within a range of settings and engage stakeholders through practice which synthesizes creative, critical, analytical, reflective and theoretical skills.
  • Effectively disseminate design research to specialist and nonspecialist audiences using a range of forms and media which shows understanding of the technical and theoretical frameworks of Interior Design.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Select, experiment with and apply advanced or specialised interior design practice tools and processes. 
  2. Communicate the process and design outcomes from your experimentation to relevant audiences. 
  3. Identify, trial and adopt technologies appropriate to specific design processes and projects, and to the development and production of design outcomes.

Overview of Learning Activities

Interior Design Practices 1 is a ‘vertically integrated’ course in which you will work with other students with different levels of experience in the program in a dynamic learning environment.

This stream of courses will operate as a direct support to the partnered design studio project providing opportunities to refine specific skill sets and design techniques including communication (written, verbal + visual), technologies (manufacturing, materials and experiential), relevant to the project and provide a base for further extension.

Activities will include workshop-based projects, presentations, group and individual tutorials, group discussions, peer-to-peer critiques, student presentations and studio workshops. Other activities may include excursions to exhibitions and site visits.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will identify the learning resources specific to your own interests in conjunction with your tutors. These may include readings, critical study of precedents, and further refinement of the communication, workshop, and other skills that you have acquired in the previous levels of the course. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library also provides guides on academic referencing: 

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. The evidence for your learning outcomes will be in the design projects you present through a variety of visual and verbal means.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1 – Analysis and experimentation 20%
Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Assessment 2 – Mid semester in-progress review 30%
Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Assessment 3 – Documentation and presentation 50%
Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

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 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.