• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Mitchell Whitelaw
    • Geoffrey Hinchcliffe
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
    Second Semester 2017
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This course is built around an individually negotiated, semester-long, major design project to be taken in any of the School's studio or design discipline areas. The course invites a focus on innovative practice that includes material and/or digital domains. Students can develop deep expertise through hands-on production and/or digital skills supervised by expert teaching staff. 

Students in this course carry out practice-led research on a project of their choice. The project proposal will be negotiated between the student and a proposed supervisor. Students must gain the formal agreement of a staff member to supervise them before enrolling in this course.

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. Identify and articulate a viable, practice-led, major design project.
  2. Develop an experimental, analytical and practical methodology related to the project.
  3. Interpret disciplinary debates and knowledge relevant to the project.
  4. Engage with and reflect critically on the project’s social, cultural and/or ethical dimensions.
  5. Realise, document and present a major investigative design project.

Indicative Assessment

Project proposal, 1200-1600 words (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Major Design project (70%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
Project documentation and critical reflection, 1600-2000 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 2-5

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A total of 260 hours of project work, lectures, seminars, critiques, readings and research, including a minimum of 12 hours of direct contact with the supervisor. It is the joint responsibility of the student and supervisor to arrange times for face-to-face contact. The supervisor is normally only available for email or face-to-face consultation during teaching weeks of each semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Art and Design to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Students must demonstrate they have the base knowledge/skills required to carry out their proposed project.


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:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $5304
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $8160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4836 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9889 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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