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

Complex Linear Structures correlates to the capacity of fabricating simple curved components to investigate complex structures involving intersecting lines and curves, especially how these structures can support the human body. Topics covered include intake/observation, identifying the design problem, modes of seating, targeting specific function, ergonomics, scale drawings and prototypes, approaches to compound and complex forms, and the use of jigs for repeated accuracy. Students will work both during and outside of class to design and make experimental and resolved prototypes. The course is taught by a combination of readings, lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and supervised practice that exposes students to a combination of technology, theory, history, and design and making processes. Workplace health and safety instruction is an integral part of 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. Show an increased level of skill with use of Furniture materials, equipment and tools relevant to design ;
  2. Plan and manage Furniture design projects, independently or collaboratively;
  3. Exploit the characteristics of materials and processes in an individual way;
  4. Demonstrate critical awareness of Furniture design issues including theoretical and historical contexts regarding functional objects and domestic spaces through journals, discussions, and presentations.

Other Information

Students may enrol in this course more than once. This course may be taken up to two times for a maximum of 12 units credit. This course can only be counted once towards a major or minor.

Indicative Assessment

Portfolio of studio work and visual journal (80%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Documentation (20%) Learning Outcomes 2-4

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

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and
b) 82 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Design Arts (BDESA) and have completed at least one of the following courses: ARTV1202, ARTV1012 or DESA1002. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses: DESA2203, DESA2002, ARTV2203, ARTV2003 or ARTV2207.

Preliminary Reading

Papanek, Victor. Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change (London: Thames & Hudson, 1984).
Cranz, Galen The chair : rethinking culture, body, and design. W.W. Norton, New York, 2000.



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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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