Introductory Design Studio

DDD10006 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent 

Contact hours

  • 36 hours + Blended

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



Aims and objectives

The unit introduces students to fundamental approaches to generating form and to the principles which inform design decisions. Students work across two-dimensional and three-dimensional representation methods, using a range of materials and fabrication techniques at different scales as they generate concepts and communicate outcomes. Through project-based, experiential learning in tandem with theoretical presentation of fundamental techniques and principles, students will gain the ability to analyse and articulate design principles, materials and relationships through their work. As the unit introduces students to workshop techniques, an induction to workshop occupational health and safety protocols is a required component of the unit.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Identify the relationship between form, material and technology in the context of human scale (S2, S3)
2. Apply manual and digital fabrication techniques to design and make artefacts in response to a brief
3. Create new designs with consideration of material use and constructibility
4. Utilise compositional principles and material processes to develop new artefacts
5. Visually communicate design projects
6. Apply Occupational Health and Safety requirements of safe workshop practices to design projects (A5, A6, K6, S1)