• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts, Design

Digital technologies continue to radically transform the way we produce, experience and understand the built environment. The momentous impact of rapid prototyping and rapid manufacture has only just begun to unfold and the extent of change it will have on our lives remains unknown. The only certain thing is that in this time of massive change, digital literacy is an essential element of the designers’ toolkit.

Digital form and fabrication develops the knowledge and skills required to design, specify and manufacture objects with digital tools through the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems. The course takes a structured approach to build core competencies for independent and extended inquiry through both set briefs and independently negotiated projects. Emphasis is placed on establishing technical and creative fluency in the use of CAD. Students are supported to develop and apply critical understanding of the constraints of CAD and CAM approaches, ensuring effective application of digital tools to  design practice. Students will be encouraged to expand their existing knowledge and skills through CAD and CAM.

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. Apply Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to the design and specification of the built environment.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of operational constraints and appropriate use of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems.
  3. Communicate reflective and critical approaches through design process.
  4. Evidence an awareness of historical, contemporary and future contexts for digital form and fabrication.
  5. Produce design outcomes that would otherwise be impossible without digital technologies.

Indicative Assessment

Design project (70%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5
Journal/Documentation (20%) Learning Outcomes 3, 4
Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4.

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 42 hours of contact comprising lectures, workshops and workshop-like activities.
b) 88 hours of independent student practice and research.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed DESN2001, DESA2011 or DESA6100


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

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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
2017 $2652
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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
4832 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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