Course Title: Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: GRAP5295C

Course Title: Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5329 - Diploma of Product Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to explore and apply the design process in a 3-dimensional (3D) way in response to a brief. This is a core unit in design fundamentals and as such underpins many other specialisation units.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES303A Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms


1. Source information on 3-dimensional design

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Identify and access relevant sources of information on 3-dimensional design

1.2.Evaluate and collate information to build a knowledge of 3-dimensional design



2. Explore the creative design process for 3-dimensional forms

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Use creative thinking techniques to generate a range of ideas and options

2.2.Use experimentation to explore and challenge a range of different ideas

2.3.Challenge assumptions, reflect on ideas and refine approaches

2.4.Consciously change perspective, and evaluate ideas and situations in new ways



3. Communicate concepts or ideas through application of design processes to 3-dimensional forms

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Investigate and reflect on how a particular concept or idea might be communicated in a 3-dimensional form

3.2.Select materials, tools and equipment relevant to the realisation of the concept or idea

3.3.Apply a creative design process to produce a range of 3-dimensional concept realisations

3.4.Reflect on own application of design process and success in communicating the concept or idea

3.5.Seek and obtain feedback from others about the 3-dimensional form and its success in communicating the concept or idea

3.6.Present and store concept realisations or samples in a format which takes account of the need for professional presentation and potential value for future work


Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a workshop 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:
• lectures
• brain storming and group discussion
• online and library research
• market research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• demonstration and application of OHS rules
• demonstration of a range of techniques
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects
• analysis/critique of own and peer group design solutions

Teaching Schedule


WeekLearning activitiesLearning Elements

3 D Design Process

Orientation Week activities.


3 D Design Process

OHS Induction to Workshop Building 94

Set Balance/Symmetry Project 1.     


3 D Design Process

DP&E discussion on Balance/symmetry/asymmetry

Continue with Balance/Symmetry Project 1. 

43 D Design Process

Continue with Balance/Symmetry Project 1.


3 D Design Process

Balance/Symmetry Project 1 due.

DP&E discussion on Shape/Form

Set Shape/Form project 2.

63 D Design Process

Continue with Shape/Form project 2.


3 D Design Process

DP&E discussion on Colour/Tone

Continue with Shape/Form project 2.


3 D Design Process

Continue with Shape/Form project 2.


3 D Design Process

Shape/Form Project 2 due.

DP&E discussion on Point/Line/Surface

Set Point/Line/Surface project 3.


3 D Design Process

Continue with Point/Line/Surface project 3.


3 D Design Process

DP&E discussion on Pattern/Texture/Movement/Rhythm

Continue with Point/Line/Surface project 3.


Point/Line/Surface project 3 due.

Set Project 4. 

133 D Design Process

Continue with Project 4.


3 D Design Process
Continue with Project 4.


3 D Design Process
Continue with Project 4.


3 D Design Process

Project 4 due



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress, within class time.
A final assessment of Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent will be given at the end of the course when students will submit completed work.
To be deemed competent students must satisfactorily complete all Learning Elements and related Performance Criteria.
Grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard.
The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

Details on Individual assessment tasks are located in Blackboard for this course

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with
the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through your online Blackboard portal.



Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency- based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

Grade Description
CHD Competency with High distinction
CDI Competency with Distinction
CC Competency with Credit
CAG Competency achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent

Other Information


The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

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 (unresolved) 

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission) 
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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration: 

Cover Sheet for Submissions 
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the implications of committing plagiarism .

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

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