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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2021

Course Code: GRAP6356C

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

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5381 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising

Course Contact: Sam Falanga

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254670

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Tim McCarthy

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

None required.

Course Description

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to explore and creatively apply the design process to the development of three-dimensional (3D) forms. You will interpret specifications, design and construct three dimensional (3D) props for display, exhibition and event contexts. You will also research, practise and apply skills and techniques to produce a range of creative studio finishes/props applicable to these contexts.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms


1 Source information on 3D design

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access relevant sources of information on 3D design

1.2 Evaluate and collate information to build knowledge of 3D design


2 Explore the creative design process for 3D 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 3D forms

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Investigate and reflect on how a particular concept or idea might be communicated in 3D 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 3D 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 3D 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 the work’s potential value for future jobs

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a Virtual studio classroom using industry standard tools and resources.

You will also be required to undertake independent study.
Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach

Virtual In-class activities will include:
• Tutorials and project based work
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed activities/projects

Out-of-class activities will include:
• Online investigation
• Independent project based work
• Gallery/Exhibition visits

Teaching Schedule

WEEK  Content

Introduction to course and overview Explore 3D forms and assessments

 2 Studio workshop session (RTC)
AT2 Discussion
 3 Brainstorming concepts. 
 4 Going from 2D to 3D
 5 Sketch models and using sketch model to explore ideas.
 6 Studio time
One on one 3D project consultations
 7 Studio workshop session (RTC)
  Refining concepts
 9 Studio time. Submit AT2 DUE
10 Intro AT3
11 AT3 initial concept presentation and discussion
12 Studio workshop session (RTC)
13 Refining ideas and methods
14 Review AT1 Knowledge questions
15 One on one 3D project consultations
16 Studio workshop session (RTC)
Studio time Submit AT3 final concept presentation DUE
Submit AT1 knowledge task DUE


Flexible study allows you to study online by participating in lectures and tutorials via Canvas, our online learning and teaching platform, to ensure continued learning throughout this period.


For Semester 1 all of your classes and assessments have been rearranged to suit this learning format, unless you have been advised otherwise.


Canvas has been designed so that the learning experience is consistent throughout all your courses.

We have taken your feedback and adjusted the way we do things for Semester 1.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide classrooms, Studio Workshop, smocks, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) tools, materials and equipment, access to the internet, data projectors.

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:

The Learning Lab

The Study Support Hub

English for uni workshops

Resources specific to this course include;

Light in The Box Masquerade Ball mask, 3 December 2019

Apple - Designed by Apple in California

Apple Steve Jobs on Design

You are advised to look on Canvas for ongoing updated information.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods. This may include practical, hands on making, demonstration of skills and knowledge, successful completion of design and fabrication/construction tasks. This may also include oral questioning on methods and procedures.


 The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.


Assessment Tasks

Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas.

There will be continuous assessment with ongoing feedback.

This is a Vocational Education and Training qualification and is assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard required in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

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.


This assessment for 3D DESIGN PROCESS –  requires students to successfully complete the following

Assessment 1: Short Answer Assessment (online)

Assessment 2: 3D Experimental Prototypes

Assessment 3: 3D Design Concepts

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.


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.



Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):


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.


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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