Studio 3: Inclusive and Participatory Design

DDD70019 25 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One semester or equivalent

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


Admission into either: MA-DESG Master of Design; MA-ARC Master of Architecture; MA-UD Master of Urban Design

Aims and objectives

The unit introduces the principles of universal design and design standards in communications, products, environments and services. It will explain the various approaches and protocols of participatory design, co-design, user-centred design and inclusive design. It will examine how to include active engagement of all stakeholders and end users ensuring they are a critical part of the design process. It will introduce students to the principles, tools and techniques for inclusive and participatory design.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to
1. Critically analyse the theory and application of user-centred design, participatory design and co-design
2. Appropriately select methodologies to gather and evaluate users’ ideas and context in order to answer a design question
3. Develop inclusive activities to bridge designer and user skills and needs in unique contexts
4. Develop strategies to include users’ perspectives into the design process