• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Design Art
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course utilises previously acquired skills in furniture design and construction and applies this to analysing and designing for a specific site or design problem.  Topics covered include intake evaluations, development of return briefs, idea pitch/presentation skills, sub-contracting external fabricators, sourcing components, specifying alternative materials, and advanced technical skills in furniture construction as required.  External clients involved in research or experimental environments provide the design brief whenever possible. Students will work both during and outside of class to develop ideas and presentations, design and make models and/or prototypes, and fabricate a resolved design project.  The course is taught by a combination of site visits, presentations, readings, discussions, and guided design development allowing students to respond to the built environment. Occupational health and safety instruction is an integral part of this course.  Examples of past design briefs include: Ecology; Mobility and Portability; Student Lounge Re-Design of Interior Space.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Plan and execute a Furniture design-based project;
  2. Demonstrate a high level of skill in the application of new Furniture technologies and practical processes;
  3. Effectively interpret, communicate and present ideas suited to the project through integration of concepts and processes;
  4. Demonstrate expanded awareness of historical and theoretical contexts for art and design practice;
  5. Consider their own work in relation to broader cultural contexts;
  6. Show familiarity with research methodologies

Indicative Assessment

Portfolio of studio work (80%) [LOs 1, 2, 4]

Journal/Documentation/Studio Theory presentation (20%) [LOs 1 and 3, 5]

Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide ongoing feedback on work in progress. 

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4 hours per week lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice and 6 hours per week independent studio practice.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Design Arts and must have successfully completed DESA2207 or DESA2209 or DESA2203 or DESA2204 or DESA2002 or DESA3001. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed DESA2205 or DESA3002 or ARTV2205 or ARTV3026 or ARTV3215.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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