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BE: Design Studio (11020.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment


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Design Studio introduces design as a process of investigation, critical observation, and experimentation using three-dimensional and two-dimensional material testing of ideas. Through a cycle of modules, students pursue increasing levels of design abstraction through making and drawing. Students are provided foundational knowledge and skills relevant to the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape design and immersed in studio culture. Projects are formulated to introduce concepts such as point, line, plane; issues such as scale in relation to the human body, site and environmental contexts; and basic techniques of three-dimensional composition.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify specific characteristics of design processes in architecture, interior design, and landscape design;

2. Explain design processes within a framework of creative thinking;

3. Explore composition strategies and concepts using a range of mediums and techniques; and

4. Apply a range of skills to three-dimensional and two-dimensional testing of ideas.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours per week.





Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

8405 Design Studio 1.2 (Architecture) 8968 Studio 2

Work Integrated Learning

Not Applicable

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