Design Research Studio D

ARC80003 25 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

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


ARC70004 Theories of Building and Cities
ARC80001 Dynamic Modelling of Cities
ARC80002 Design Research Studio C

Aims and objectives

The aim of this unit is for students to demonstrate mastery of creative design processes through identification of a contemporary design challenge; setting out an ambitious design research question; articulating a design method; performing independent research, integrating their research directly into their design; and putting forward a tested and rigorous design proposition. Students will simulate, test and communicate their proposals with relevant and suitable media and methods clearly and concisely. They will demonstrate an understanding of physical, theoretical and design practice context, at a range of scales.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Develop simulations that express and study a variety of external and internal agents, integrating dynamic tools that examine behaviour, interaction and performance.
2. Apply planning and design concepts, skills, and knowledge to the design proposal, across various scales and spatial settings.
3. Assess and test a design response against varied datasets including regulatory, theoretical and ethical frameworks.
4. Develop an independent design proposal that integrates research findings, design concepts, and performance as a resolved prototype or design proposition.