Design Research Studio A

ARC70001 25 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent 

Contact hours

  • 72 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

Higher Ed. Semester 2

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24


Workshop safety and equipment use and OH+S training

Aims and objectives

The aim of this unit is for students to develop creative thinking processes through generating and testing speculative design propositions that respond to a range of complex, contemporary global challenges at an introductory level. Students will develop agile, nonlinear learning abilities to respond to uncertain outcomes and to make meaningful connections between challenging, contradictory or unlikely elements. Students will learn to take risks and learn from failure through design iteration whilst undertaking design as a form of research at an introductory level. Students will be able to identify a design challenge; set out an integrated design research question; articulate a design method; and put forward a tested design proposition, drawing conclusions about the weakness and strengths of their design approach.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Use design ideation to pose and probe questions, which identify opportunities for the development of design proposals.
2. Apply architecture and/or urban design theories and technical skills to uncertain problems, which have unfamiliar or emergent circumstances and incomplete information.
3. Apply planning and design concepts, skills and knowledge strategically at a range of scales and spatial settings, at an introductory level.
4. Synthesise a range of data and analysis methods to formulate a design hypothesis.
5. Clearly and concisely communicate architecture and/or urban design proposals via a range of media and methods including visual, verbal and written.
6. Work productively as an individual or in a team within multidisciplinary and diverse groups.