Course Title: Contemporary Furniture Design & Construction (Production)

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5111

Course Title: Contemporary Furniture Design & Construction (Production)

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 110.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Design (TAFE)


Term1 2009

Course Contact: Julian Pratt

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4820

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Course Description

In this course students develop an individual and innovative approach to designing and making an item of contemporary furniture, or a commercial item, for multiple production. This module is specifically designed to cater for the needs of designer-makers in developing prototypes of contemporary furniture, rather than to learn factory production procedures.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisites: BUIL 5377, VART 5822C and BUIL 5376

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBA638 Contemporary Furniture Design & Construction (Production)

Learning Outcomes

1. In conjunction with the module Working as a Designer Maker, investigate and identify a market niche for a product.
2. Plan a prototype design project for multiple units within the furniture or craft industries
3. Conduct design development to the prototype.
4. Modify prototype design specifications, as necessary, for multiple production.
5. Production of multiple units of the modified prototype as a production run
6. Evaluate the process for design quality, innovation, efficiency of production and marketability.

Overview of Assessment

• Series of Presentations of: market research and preliminary design work; progress and key decisions so far in the production planning; Preliminary sketches, refinement sketches, drawings of details and 2-D and 3-D representations of final design proposal and production drawings.
• Production of Jigs & Patterns: Usage of jigs and patterns to streamline production.
• Materials: Consideration of suitability of materials and hardware.
• Craftsmanship: Overall appearance of final batch product with regard to neat and professional finish, durability and attention to detail.
• Costing & time lines: Details of costing for a proposed batch production. Should include cost of all materials, production time as well as developmental stages
• Evaluation: presentation of personal review of production, design of product produced.