Course Title: Interpret and respond to a design brief

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2023

Course Code: GRAP5406C

Course Title: Interpret and respond to a design brief

School: 515T Creative Industries

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4414 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4683

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kath Deighton


Nominal Hours: 30

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


Course Description

In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge required to interpret and creatively respond to a design brief through the production of work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUADES412 Interpret and respond to a design brief


1 Interpret design brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse the specifications of design brief

1.2 Establish client for the proposed product/service

1.3 Identify and clarify specifications, parameters or constraints of design brief in consultation with required personnel

1.4 Source and evaluate information pertinent to design brief


2 Explore and develop design concept

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Generate ideas for design concept through research, exploration and experimentation

2.2 Develop initial design concept consistent with design brief parameters

2.3 Evaluate and explore options for refining concept that meets design brief parameters

2.4 Refine options and select approach which best meets design brief requirements


3 Liaise with client

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Agree on communication process and frequency of communication with client

3.2 Present concepts for work at required stages during design process

3.3 Present and explore different options and creative ideas with client when required

3.4 Reach agreement on concept for work which complies with design brief


4 Plan production of work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Assess specific design production risks

4.2 Identify all components required to produce a prototype

4.3 Assess technical requirements for production against specified guidelines

4.4 Identify and consult with support services required for production

4.5 Produce a prototype and evaluate against design brief requirements

4.6 Analyse prototype and determine any further adjustments to production requirements

4.7 Finalise production specifications supported by required documentation


5 Complete production of work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Collect and organise required components for the work

5.2 Produce or monitor the production of work and confirm all parameters of design brief are met

5.3 Document work progress in format required for the nature of the design and requirements of design brief

5.4 Seek client approval for work as required

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. 

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:

  • class exercises
  • tutorials
  • practical demonstrations
  • workshops
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback


Out of class activities may include:

  • independent research
  • independent project based work
  • studio practice
  • online tutorials and activities
  • review and revision

Teaching Schedule

This unit is co-delivered with CUADIG403 Create visual design components.


Week Date(beginning of Monday) TopicAssessment / Learning activities
Week 1 6/2/2023

Introduction to the course

Week 2 13/2/2023

Discussion about research

Primary Research vs Secondary Research

Research Template discussion


Week 3 20/2/2023

Discussion about research


Week 4 27/2/2023

Discussion about research

Discussion about AT 2 - Visualisation

Assessment Task 1 - Research Submission
Week 5 6/3/2023 Discussion about Visualisation  
Week 6 13/3/2023

Note: There will be no class 13/3/2023 - due to Public Holiday (Labour Day)

Discussion about Visualisation

Week 7 20/3/2023 Discussion about Visualisation  
Week 8 27/3/2023

Discussion about Visualisation

Discussion about Prototyping

Assessment Task 2 - Visualisation submission

and Standup Discussion

Week 9 5/9/2023 Discussion about Prototyping Workshop Walkthrough (Date May Change)
    Midsemester break - No Class between (7/4/2023 - 16/04/2023)  
Week 10 17/4/2023 Discussion about Prototyping Assignment 3 Presentation
Week 11 24/4/2023

Note: There will be no class 25/04/2023 - due to Public Holiday (Anzac Day)

Discussion about Prototyping

Week 12 1/5/2023 Discussion about Prototyping  
Week 13 8/5/2023 Discussion about Prototyping Assessment Task 3 - Prototyping
Week 14 15/5/2023

Discussion about Product Delivery

Week 15 22/5/2023 Discussion about Product Delivery  
Week 16 29/5/2023 Discussion about Product Delivery  
Week 17 5/6/2023

Class Consultation

Assessment Task 4 - Product Delivery
Week 18 18/6/2023 No Class, consultation only  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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. You will also have access to the library resources.

Amongst 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.

The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies:

The Library provides guides on academic referencing:

and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral/written presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS.

Assessment Tasks

Due dates for assessment tasks dependent on access to specialist facilities and equipment may change. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.

Assessment Task 1 - Design Brief 1

Parts A&B Due Week 4

Parts C&D Due Week 8

Parts A-E Due Week 9

Assessment Task 2 - Design Brief 2

Parts A&B Due Week 13

Parts C&D Due Week 17

Parts A-E Due Week 18

At the completion of the course you will be assessed for competency.
Competency-based assessment is as follows:

CA Competency Achieved  

NYC Not Yet Competent

DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Feedback - 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 feedback at RMIT

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


Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (e.g. applying for an 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 competency assessment. 
Submissions that are assessed as Not Satisfactory can be re-submitted once and this is 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.

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 about your studies:

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.



Credit Transfer 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.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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