Course Title: Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5382 Diploma of Product Design

Course Title: Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

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)


Brunswick Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Term1 2019


Brunswick Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2020,
Term2 2020


City Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Term1 2019,
Term2 2019

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 9925 4683

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


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

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.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or exercises.
The assessment tasks are:
Learning exercises
Major project/s incorporating design and print outcomes
Research reports and/or presentations

An student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.