Introductory Design Studio

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


  • One Semester or equivalent 

Contact hours

  • 36

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

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23



Aims and objectives

This unit aims to provide an introduction to the design and development processes, exploring aspects of research, concept/idea generation, concept development and the communication of design outcomes. Students will investigate design methodology and use design briefs as parameters for project-based learning relevant to the design and basic engineering principles – interior built environments and products. Emphasis will be placed on idea development and creativity. Three dimensional form studies will be used to assist the design process, requiring an induction to workshop occupational health and safety protocols. Furthermore, the unit will enhance students’ understanding of sustainability such as environmental impacts of products, methods of mapping these impacts to design new products, life cycle analysis and life cycle thinking.
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 simple engineering and construction principles relevant to 3D space, products and mechanisms to design artefacts in response to a brief. (K1, K3)
3. Create new designs with consideration of human scale, needs and philosophy, and applying the key elements of design process (A1, S2, S3)
4. Understand environmental impacts of products and utilise them to develop new products (A3, A4, K5, S2, S3, S4)
5. Report and visually communicate research and design projects using standard academic protocols (A2, A4, A7, K6, S4)
6. Apply Occupational Health and Safety requirements of safe workshop practices to design projects (A5, A6, K6, S1)