• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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.

Students will extend their digital form and fabrication knowledge and skills by applying these in a variety of contexts in which design practice is undertaken. This course addresses the use of digital technologies for the production of the one-off object to the mass-produced product. Students are provided with opportunities to apply, evaluate and refine their knowledge of digital tools for the design and manufacture of objects. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the constraints of digital technologies and innovative methods for making full use of their potentials. The objective is to establish technical and creative fluency in the use of CAD and to enable students to achieve outcomes that would otherwise be impossible through any other working methods. 

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 with technical and creative fluency.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of operational constraints through the innovative 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.

Indicative Assessment

Design project (70%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4
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

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed DESN2001 or DESA2011. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed DESN6005, DESA2012 or DESA6101.



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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