DESN 4007 Professional Design Experience: The Studio

Credit Points 20

Legacy Code 102278

Coordinator Katrina Sandbach Opens in new window

Description The Rabbit Hole design studio simulates a professional environment where students heighten their design thinking and practice through work-integrated learning. In this unit, the student is positioned as a junior designer who is part of a team working in response to live briefs with real learning partners and tangible outcomes, under the guidance of tutors who act as creative directors. Students will develop their higher level professional design skills through working individually and collaboratively to manage projects from briefing, research, development, pitching, artworking, production and delivery. Through this unit, students will also advance their understanding of what the industry expects of junior designers, providing a bridge between study and work life.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 20cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 4 subject

Pre-requisite(s) DESN 3006

Equivalent Subjects DESN 4008 - Professional Design Studio

Restrictions Successful completion of 240 credit points in currently enrolled program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Apply a range of skills in idea generation, concept development, reflective practice, artworking, presentation and production
  2. Develop professional and ethical standards of communication and conduct in relation to working with colleagues, supervisors, learning partners and suppliers
  3. Identify and use relevant research methodologies to inform understanding of target audience and develop appropriate concepts for learning partner briefs
  4. Practice industry-standard methods of project management, such as pitching, quoting and delivery as part of a studio team
  5. Engage with a variety of design development and production processes that lead to appropriate finished outcomes.

Subject Content

- online material that covers professional practice Issues such as design ethics, Project management, professional communication.
- Studio production team meetings to discuss work in Progress
- learning partner visits for Q&A and formative feedback
- field visits to learning partner HQ, supplier premises, venues, events (as required)


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Live brief portfolio 1: Design process report, design outcomes, self-reflection, and group presentation Written and visual work equivalent to 1,000 words (40%); Group presentation: 10 minutes (10%) 50 N Both (Individual & Group)
Live brief portfolio 2: Design process report, design outcomes, self-reflection, and final client package Written and visual work equivalent to 1,000 words (40%); Group presentation: 10 minutes (10%) 50 N Both (Individual & Group)

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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