Course Title: Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: GRAP6357C

Course Title: Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

School: 320T Architecture & Urban Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Hoda Afra

Maddie Granata


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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Successful completion of 3D design Process

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

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief


1 Establish design requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Identify and make appropriate contact with relevant stakeholders  for the design project, in addition to the client

1.2. Identify and source information and references relevant to the design project 

1.3. Undertake critical analysis  of sources and extract key information to inform the design project

1.4. Liaise with client and other key stakeholders to determine overall objectives and parameters  for the design project

1.5. Pro-actively seek, review and act upon information needed to inform constructive communication with client

1.6. Build trust and respect between self and client through effective use of communication skills and demonstration of professional integrity


2 Develop and refine design brief

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Develop concepts and ideas for inclusion in design brief that take account of overall objectives and parameters

2.2. Undertake own analysis of concept and challenge ideas and approaches taken to ensure responsiveness to project needs

2.3. Present ideas in an appropriate format /medium  and seek feedback from key stakeholders

2.4. Use effective communication techniques to generate discussion, debate and critical analysis

2.5. Re-evaluate and refine options based on own analysis and discourse with others

2.6. Establish and agree on final nature and scope of design brief with client and accurately document details


3 Negotiate terms and conditions

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Negotiate and agree terms and conditions  of the brief in accordance with relevant organisational and professional standards 

3.2. Clarify, agree and document roles and responsibilities of those involved in the project

3.3. Confirm agreements in writing in accordance with organisational requirements 

3.4. Identify the need for and seek specialist advice in developing, formal agreements or contracts where appropriate

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.

Details of Learning Activities

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include independent research, supervised project and team work, reflection, peer feedback and guest presenter demonstrations

Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities

The course is taught through tutorials, which enable a range of learning experiences. The lectures will introduce you to key ideas, practices and contexts that have shaped

contemporary interior decoration and design thinking and practice.

Learning activities will take place in a workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities may include:

• class exercises to review discussions/lecture

• analysis/critique of relevant reading material

• design activities or projects

• group projects • peer learning

• independent project based work

The student learning experience will be facilitated by participation in the following activities:

  • lectures
  • guest speakers
  • peer teaching and class presentations 
  • Group discussions , peer review and feedback sessions
  • Teacher directed group activities and projects
  • class exercises to review discussions in lectures
  • Work shopping of students projects
  • analysis and critique of relevant reading materials

Out of class activities will include:

  • Online research
  • Independent project based work
  • Industry related excursions

Self Directed learning


Teaching Schedule

Program Name: Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration

Course Name: Studio Practice 2

Course Codes:

  • ARCH 5210C / GRAP 6357C
  • MSFID5013/ BSBDES502A        





Class Content



Assessment Tasks                                                              






  • Course Introduction & Weekly schedule.
  • Introduction to Studio Practice 2 and overview of course content
  • AT1 brief and assessment requirements
  • Introduction to site 1 and 2 project
  • What is the project folder, what should be added to it?


AT1 Brief Pre Design

(GRAP 6357C)








  • Visit both sites
  • Site analysis, measure and drawings
  • Follow up with the start of project folder
  • Research & Studio time








  • Specialist consultants and how they can assist us in this project.
  • Authorities approvals research, NCC/BCA –Australian Standards & authorities requirements in planning
  • Who is the building surveyor and how they can help identifying project requirement?
  • Discuss the legal issues that affect negotiations and contracts in the project (such as relevant stakeholders, project objectives and parameters)
  • Research on site and client requirement for each site
  • How to identify and source information and references relevant to the design project 
  • Research & Studio time







  • Building Surveyor Presentation & requirements for fine dining restaurant
  • How to undertake critical analysis of sources and extract key information to inform the design project?
  • terms and conditions of brief in accordance with relevant organisational and professional standards.
  • Clarify, agree and document roles and responsibilities of those involved in the project
  • What are the design/concept challenges?
  • Research & Studio time









  • AT2 brief students and assessment requirements
  • Assign students to the cuisine type and chef.
  • What is a client brief?
  • What is a Return brief & Design statement, what is it and how to write it?
  • Discuss what Preliminary concepts are & Mood/inspirational boards
  • Show Examples of kiosk and restaurant design around the world
  • Example of previous student works
  • Research and Studio time


AT2 Brief

(GRAP 6357C)


AT1 Pre Brief




  • General Feedback for AT1-
  • How to use effective communication techniques to generate discussion, debate and critical analysis.
  • Discuss planning & critical NCC designs to be considered
  • Analyse the space in relation to brief requirements-Bubble diagrams
  • Start of proposed Spatial plan /Bubble diagrams
  • Preliminary Concept Design Design inspiration -discuss & refine concepts






  • Spatial planning & layout discuss
  • Proposed Spatial plan, bubble diagram and sketches
  • Authorities approvals research, Discussions,  NCC/BCA –Australian Standards & authorities requirements in planning
  • Research and Studio time





  • Design inspiration -discuss & refine concepts
  • Research and Studio time





  • Research and Studio time






  • Discuss loose models/dog models
  • Research and Studio time






  • Studio time






  • Overview of presentation methods and how to prepare the PowerPoint presentation for AT2, techniques and tips
  • Spatial planning & layout
  • Studio time






  • Materiality -Layout of colour palette/materials board
  • Samples sourced/specification /technical data on materials discussed
  • Loose furniture- discuss
  • Studio time





  • Review plans/design brief – discuss
  • Student to obtain feedback client and make necessary changes to 1 of the design briefs
  • Research and Studio time






  • Rendered plan and 3d sketches to be discussed
  • Research
  • Studio time





  • Overview of presentation methods
  • Research
  • Studio time





  • Studio time
  • Trial print all preliminary Concept drawings for review by teacher





  • AT2 students presentation
  • Studio time`


AT2 Preliminary Design  Brief




  • AT3 brief and assessment requirements
  • Students to be advised on which brief the client has approved
  • Individual group session 
  • Research
  • Studio time

AT3 Brief

(GRAP 6357C)





  • Research and Studio time






  • Refine Proposed Spatial plan
  • General Feedback for AT2 submission
  • Overview of presentation methods
  • Studio time





  • Discuss Project file progress
  • Studio time





  • Discuss Project file progress





  • Mood/inspirational board layout finalised
  • Materiality (samples) to be finalised.
  • Research
  • Studio time





  • Render ideas for Plan & 3d- discuss
  • Studio time





  • Studio time





  • Studio time
  • Trial print all Final Concept drawings Trial print all schedules and costing for review by teacher





  • Studio time





  • Studio time





  • Studio time








  • Students to submit AT3 task for site 1 only ( fine dining restaurant)



 AT3 Final Design Brief


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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 of the library resources.

Students will require access to a computer and the internet to complete this course successfully. Computers can be accessed at any of the RMIT libraries on campus.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design students. 6/16/2017 ARCH1390 | ServiceNow 6/7

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 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.

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 following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

AT1- Brief (Pre Concept Design)-  Due week 3 (session) 

knowledge questions + emails 

AT2  Brief (Preliminary Concept design)- due week 9 (session) 

2x plans (site 1 ) + Loose model + loose finishes + mood board +design statement+ loose 3d  (on powerpoint) 

1x plan ( site 2 )   + Loose model + loose finishes + mood board +design statement= loose 3d (on powerpoint) 

AT3  Brief (Final Concept design)- due week 16 (session)  

1x plan final  (site 1 ) Final Concept drawings Package  + model +Materials board + mood board final +design statement+ 3d  (on powerpoint) 


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

CHD  Competent with High Distinction
CDI    Competent with Distinction
CC     Competent with Credit
CAG   Competency Achieved - Graded
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).

An outline of the matrix will be available in CANVAS in this course in the assessment task itself

Other Information

Attendance The major 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 to be successful in this course.

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.

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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. (

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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 plagiarism implications. (

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