Design Research Studio C

ARC80002 25 Credit Points Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students

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

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1 Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Mar 21 - 30 May 21

6 Jul 21

Last self enrolment:
14 Mar 21

31 Mar 21

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Apr 21

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21


ARC70003 Design Research Studio B

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 advanced 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 advanced 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 and rigorous design proposition, drawing conclusions about the weakness and
strengths of their design approach.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Use design ideation to pose and probe questions to identify opportunities for development of design proposals.
2. Apply architecture and/or urban design theories and technical skills at an advanced level to uncertain problems which have unfamiliar or emergent circumstances and incomplete information.
3. Think strategically and apply planning and design concepts, skills and knowledge at a range of scales and spatial settings at an advanced level.
4. Critically analyse and synthesise a range of data and analysis methods to formulate a design hypothesis at an advanced level.
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 in a mentoring role, within multidisciplinary and diverse groups.