Integrative Capstone Studio 1

DDD80015 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours


Successful completion of at least 75 credits of the Master of Design course.

Aims and objectives

This unit involves a capstone project executed to an industry standard. This self-directed, human-centred project is the summation of the Masters course, demonstrating research-driven design across two units. The integrative project will address critical societal issues, enabling students to respond to an emerging, current or prospective challenge with an appropriate design brief and project plan. Student will apply fundamental research skills with relevant design theory and practice, and undertake a conceptual exploration to develop a project outcome reflecting their research and creative investigation.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Investigate current trends and identify problems through stakeholder consultation and the review of literature and artefacts to successfully apply this knowledge to an integrative design project.
2. Demonstrate participatory design principles and techniques to understand the relationship between design research and its effects on the wider community.
3. Produce a self-directed design brief and project plan that outlines strategies for solving a well-defined problem.
4. Synthesise design possibilities into a single, environmentally aware proposition.
5. Critically evaluate a proposition through real-world testing and conclude with recommendations for further development.
6. Evaluate the investigative process and outcomes through concise, coherent and well-structured documentation, design outcomes and presentations.

Courses with unit

Master of Design