Course Title: Interpret and respond to a design brief

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: GRAP5389C

Course Title: Interpret and respond to a design brief

School: 320T Architecture & Urban Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4382 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9446

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kathy Howloko

Dale Nason

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None required.

Course Description

In this course you will explore and develop the skills and knowledge required to interpret and creatively respond to a design brief. You will also integrate clear communication and planning processes to effectively respond to the brief.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief


1 Interpret design brief

Performance Criteria:

  • Correctly interpret the specifications of design brief
  • Establish and clarify user or client for the proposed product/service to inform design decisions
  •  Identify and clarify specifications, parameters or constraints of the design brief in consultation with relevant colleagues
  • Source and evaluate information pertinent to design brief


2 Explore and develop design concept

Performance Criteria:

  • Generate ideas for design concept through research, exploration and experimentation
  • Develop initial design concept consistent with design brief parameters
  • Evaluate and explore options for refining the concept to best meet design brief parameters
  • Refine options and select the approach which best meets design brief requirements


3 Liaise with client

Performance Criteria:

  • Agree on communication process and frequency of communication with client
  • Present concepts for work at appropriate stages during design process as required
  • Present and explore different options and creative ideas with client when appropriate
  • Pro-actively seek and act on client feedback
  • Reach agreement on concept for work which complies with design brief


4 Plan production of work

Performance Criteria:

  • Assess specific design production risks
  • Identify all components required to produce a prototype
  • Assess technical requirements for production against specified guidelines
  • Identify and consult with support services required for production
  • Produce a prototype and evaluate against design brief requirements
  • Analyse prototype and determine any further adjustments to production requirements
  • Finalise production specifications supported by accurate and complete documentation


5 Complete production of work

Performance Criteria:

  • Collect and/or organise required components for the work
  • Produce or monitor the production of work ensuring all parameters of design brief are met
  • Accurately document work progress in a format appropriate to the nature of the design and requirements of design brief
  • Seek client approval for work where appropriate

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio and computer laboratory using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.
In class activities will include:
• demonstrations and presentations by teacher
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• feedback and revision
• peer learning
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• student project workshops, including peer/lecturer feedback
Out of class activities will include:
• independent project based work
• online tutorials and activities
• independent research
• studio practice
• review & revision

Teaching Schedule

This course, GRAP5389C - Interpret & Respond to a Design Brief - is delivered face-to-face in combination with VART6408C - Create Visual Design Components. The combined timeline is presented here as a complete reference to the combined session delivery. The courses are however separate on Canvas, and will be given different assessment outcomes according to the respective assessment tasks.

GRAP5389C - Interpret & Respond to a Design Brief runs until WEEK 10, it is of shorter duration than VART6408C - Create Visual Design Components.

Additionally note:
While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change
depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources. There will be a number of prescribed tasks and projects (see Assessment Tasks below).





Assessment & Feedback

Learning Elements

Learning Elements

Week 0

Program Orientation

Activity: O'Week Timetable


Week 1

Course Introduction
Creative Development
Design Game #1

 1 - 51 - 5 

Week 2

Projects DevelopmentActivity:
Design Game #2

 1 - 51 - 5

Week 3

Critical Review & FeedbackActivity:
Design project brief presentation
Introduction to portfolio development & software tuition

Design Games imagery #1 & #2 due this session for portfolio development & review

1 - 5

1 - 5

Week 4

Major Project Site VisitActivity:
Site Visit


1 - 5

1 - 5

Week 5

Projects Development

First creative development of Major Project


1 - 5

1 - 5

Week 6

Project Development & Review

Concept presentation & communication
Small group feedback


1 - 5

1 - 5 

Week 7

Project Development

Development of Major Project
- Test printing
- Pin-Up for reflective evaluation


1 - 5

1 - 5

Week 8

Project Development

Development of Major Project


1 - 5

1 - 5

Week 9

Project finalization & production

Final development of Major Project
Printing & other production
Portfolio development

1 - 5

1 - 5

Week 10

Submission of Major Assessment
Folio Presentation

Interpret a Brief Portfolio Presentation development & completion

Major Assessment

Interpret a Brief Portfolio DUE

1 - 5

1 - 5 

There will be a one week break between weeks 10 & 11.
Interpret a Brief concludes at end of Week 10.
Sessions from this point on (weeks 11 - 18): VART6408C Create visual design components

Week 11

 Site Visit

Display of Interpret a Brief Major Project work at Site
Presentation to client


Creative Development informing Visual Design Components for Major Project - Artist Book

Site Visit.
Presentation of outcomes from Interpret a Brief at Site.

1 - 5


Week 12

Major Project brief presentation
Portfolio development
Activity: Artist Book 
Design project brief presentation and introduction

1 - 5


Week 13

Project DevelopmentActivity: Artist Book
Book binding introduction

1 - 5


Week 14

Project DevelopmentActivity: Artist Book
Concept development feedback
Feedback Session

1 - 5


Week 15

Project DevelopmentActivity: Artist Book
Concept development

1 - 5


Week 16

Project DevelopmentActivity: Artist Book
Book development feedback
Feedback Session

1 - 5


Week 17

Project Finalization
Individual Tuition
Activity: Artist Book
End of project production, & individual tuition

1 - 5


Week 18

Project Finalization, Submission
& Documentation
Activity: Artist Book
Documentation of outcomes (photography & text)
Folio Presentation development
Major Assessment

Visual Design Components Portfolio DUE

1 - 5






Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Prescribed Texts: There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course.

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.
A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.
You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software.

RMIT Library.
You will also have access to the library resources.
Among the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning. The University Library has extensive resources for Design students.
RMIT Library has produced the following:
• subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.
• guides on academic referencing
• subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or design activities.
The assessment tasks are: Industry style project/s
An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Interpret a Brief Project Portfolio:
- Due: Week 10 

This unit is assessed for competency only.

Completion to a satisfactory degree of all required assessment task elements (as outlined in the project briefs) is necessary to achieve competency.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment are: 

CA Competency Achieved 
NYC Not Yet Competent

DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


The major aspect of your learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity for success.



You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. 


Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy



When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e Submission process. Information regarding the eSubmission process


 Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level.

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration

Reasonable adjustment is available and may be applied through the Special Consideration process. Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy. If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor. Further links  Application for extension of time


On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission

On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.

The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Work submitted late will be assessed for competency only. Submissions are only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity. Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity. Academic Integrity

Credit Transfers and Recognition of Prior Learning
Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.
Recognition of Current Competency (RCC).
RCC applies only if you have previously demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.
Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.



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