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,
Term1 2023,
Term2 2023,
Term1 2024,
Term2 2024


RMIT University Vietnam


TRN RMIT Training


Viet2 2022,
Viet2 2023,
Viet1 2024

Course Coordinator: Matthew Watts

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 99255 089

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 5, Building 108

Course Coordinator Availability: 9AM - 5PM

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 Weighting 
 Technical Drawing Portfolio  10%


 Developmental work 5%

 Model 15%

 Object - Artefact


 Developmental Work 5%

 3D Modelling 5%

 Object Design 20%

 Structure and Space


 Developmental Work 5%

 Production 10%

 Final Design 20%

 Oral Presentation 5%