Course Title: Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5333 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Title: Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 65

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Term2 2017,
Term2 2018,
Term2 2019

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work proactively with a client or commissioning organisation to develop and negotiate a design brief.
It applies to individuals working in any industry or design context where the designer plays a key role in determining the scope and nature of work required. Establishment, negotiation and refinement of a design brief requires the integration of highly-developed creative thinking, communication and planning skills in a process that may not be linear. Adaptability and effective responses to change and new ideas are crucial.
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of 3D design Process

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief


1 Establish design requirements

2 Develop and refine design brief

3 Negotiate terms and conditions

Learning Outcomes

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:
 discuss the legal issues that affect negotiations and contracts in the relevant work context
 explain the design process within the specific industry context/design discipline
 compare and contrast the scope, nature and potential variations that occur within design briefs relevant to a specific context
 identify sources of information to assist the development of design concepts within a specific industry context.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the design process field of work and include access to:
 appropriate equipment and media to communicate and present ideas and concepts
 sources of information relevant to industry context
 interaction with others to reflect the collaborative nature of the work, and communication and negotiation skills required.
Assessors must satisfy NVR/AQTF assessor requirements.