This unit aims to provide skills for 3D ideation appropriate to design and development processes. Students will be introduced to new design technologies and workflows including digital sketching, 3D modelling software and rendering software. These tools will be used to enhance students’ 3D ideation skills in exploring concepts and producing high-quality visual representations. The unit will also introduce some basic communication design techniques to aid in the presentation of concepts.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Produce digital sketching and rendering techniques for product presentation
  • Identify the appropriate use of 3D CAD tools to efficiently depict free-form shapes
  • Design a project with established outcomes by utilising relevant digital technologies
  • Create a practical design methodology and process to design projects
  • Distinguish the relative strengths of different design tools within design projects
  • Use basic techniques for photographic manipulation and digital page layout to communicate design intent of a product

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 12 weeks 36
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Final Presentation FolioIndividual 20% 4,5,6 
Ideation FolioIndividual 50% 2,3,4,5 
PortfolioIndividual 30% 1,3,4 


  • Working with relevant tablet and other technologies for digital sketching
  • Application of product design processes supported by digital technologies
  • Use of computer facilities and equipment
  • Working with relevant software for digital renderings
  • Presentation of design outcomes.
  • Iterations between 3D modelling and digital sketching techniques to produce design concepts
  • Free-form CAD techniques for concept ideation and development
  • Introduction to Adobe software such as Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign
  • Introduction to photo-manipulation, page layout and presentation techniques.

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.