• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Design Art
  • Areas of interest Visual Arts, Design Arts, Creative Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Rohan Nicol
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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Multiples and Production: The unique offering develops knowledge and skill, enabling students to independently conceptualise and orchestrate the manufacture of limited production objects for an identified commercial market. Students are further challenged by the provocation of why make anything for a world already full of ‘stuff’? This requires students to reconcile their process with consideration to some of the most important challenges of our time.

The table - dining, desk, boardroom or side table - will be used as a location and setting for this course. Students will be led through a range of design methodologies and exercises that will enable them to craft a table-based object that is prepared for limited production and potential commercial release. Students will have the choice of utilising a wide variety of techniques, from traditional hand skills to the ANU School of Art's Digital Fabrication Lab. Emphasis will be placed on the development of work that is carefully tuned to the mode of market-aware-production that offers low energy impact, efficient material consumption, and a design approach that is capable of changing the way we produce, consume and understand domestic objects.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful Completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the local and global context for which limited production objects are produced.
  2. Utilise the materials, techniques and traditions of craft and design to produce work that is conceptually and commercially resolved.
  3. Demonstrate incremental refinement of ideas through iteration and critical reflection.
  4. Calibrate ideas with the chosen system of production.
  5. Engage with historical and theoretical contexts relevant to design, production and consumption of the domestic object.

Indicative Assessment

Portfolio of studio work (50%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
Presentation, including accompanying notes and visual materials, 5 minutes (30%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5
Journal/Documentation (20%) Learning Outcomes 2, 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 for 13 weeks (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed DESA6017.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have the ability to independently produce prototypes and works/objects utilising manual or digital (CAD/CAM) processes.



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
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4692 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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