Course Title: Materials and Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Materials and Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


TRN RMIT Training


Term2 2022


RMIT University Vietnam


TRN RMIT Training


Viet2 2022

Course Coordinator: Matthew Watts

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5089

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course investigates and applies elements of design to the study of form in three-dimensional art and design contexts. The introduction of associated design disciplines and fields will also present the opportunity to investigate materials used in these industries and their aesthetic and physical properties. Issues relating to sustainable design and manufacturing, as well as social responsibility and emerging new materials will also be discussed. You will explore a variety of form building techniques and technologies to apply to the production of your design concepts. You will also be required to justify your design ideas as they relate to the user experience, user interaction, and to support accessibility.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply the rules of, and expectations for, academic study and assume responsibility for your own actions to work effectively as an individual and/or as a member of a group;
  2. Develop and express ideas through independent reading, the creation of images, and the collection and interpretation of data and information; 
  3. Communicate ideas with clarity, logic, and originality in both spoken and written English;
  4. Construct coherent arguments, narratives or justifications of issues, problems or technical processes when undertaking analytical, practical or creative tasks; and
  5. Use a range of contemporary digital and learning technologies, tools and methods common to the discipline.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop an understanding of the basic conventions of technical drawing through the production of drawings depicting three-dimensional spaces and forms.
  2. Explore the nature of materials and their sustainable use in a range of 3D focussed art and design disciplines.
  3. Design objects, structures and spaces demonstrating consideration for user experience, interaction, engagement and accessibility.
  4. Create 3D design concepts and produce models.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course includes a blend of didactic, active, and collaborative learning activities designed to meet the needs of international students. The course encourages the process of inquiry, application and reflection through student centred learning and teaching activities including practical work in studio environments and laboratories . In doing so, there will be a focus on the development of critical and analytical thinking skills that promote problem solving, independent research skills and group work. Students will develop their technology skills through engagement in formative and summative assessments. The course will maximise the use of the learning management system by incorporating flipped and blended methodologies. This may be complemented by guest lectures, excursions and speakers with discipline specific work life expertise to further connect content to the professional world and generate opportunities for reflective practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available through RMIT’s learning management system,  Canvas. In addition to assessment details and a study schedule, you will also be provided with links to relevant course information, class activities and communication tools. 

Other learning resources are also available online through RMIT Library. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Academic and learning support is provided through Study Success at RMIT Training. The Foundation Studies home group program will also provide support, navigating university systems, advice on living and studying in Melbourne as well as explaining RMIT university policy and procedures.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

 Assessment Type Assessment Description  Weighting 
 Technical Drawing Portfolio

A portfolio of technical drawings including:

  • 1-point perspective drawing
  • 2-point perspective drawing
  • Orthogonal multi-view
  • Axonometric or isometric projection

This assessment involves experimentation with different elements of design in the creation of an abstract form. The final piece must contrast organic and geometric form and incorporate an element of negative or subtracted space. To be undertaken using a material determined by the teaching team that may be changed each semester – cardboard, clay, wire, wood. This piece will be neutral in colour to allow the focus to be on the structure of the form itself.


 Developmental work 5%

 Model 15%

 Object - Artefact

This project requires you to further explore the aesthetic qualities of form but in relation to function in the creation of objects as products. Through application of the design process, you will create ideas for an object factoring in considerations pertaining to user engagement and interaction. You must also incorporate a textural component. Your final design will be created virtually using 3D modelling software and then 3D printed.


 Developmental Work 5%

 3D Modelling 5%

 Object Design 20%

 Structure and Space

The final project in this course takes previous consideration of form, function and user experience and applies it to a greater spatial context. You will create a design that combines elements of structure and surrounding space with consideration for how a person might experience and navigate this. You will develop ideas for creating zones and investigate how structural components could impact the spaces around and within them. The final design will also show characteristics of the materials chosen and demonstrate consideration for issues of sustainability and accessibility. In a formal oral presentation to the class, you will explain the ideas behind your design and the intended user experience.


 Developmental Work 5%

 Production 10%

 Final Design 20%

 Oral Presentation 5%