- Code DESN2001
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
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-mediated fabrication systems and equipment, including 3d printing, laser cutting and CNC milling. 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 digital design software used to facilitate digitally mediated making. Students are supported to develop and apply a critical understanding of the constraints of various software and hardware workflows and approaches, ensuring effective application of digital tools to design practice.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- apply computer aided design (CAD) software to the design and specification of the built environment;
- demonstrate an understanding of operational constraints and appropriate use of additive and subtractive digital fabrication systems and relative to materials and context;
- communicate reflective and critical approaches through design process; and
- evidence an awareness of historical, contemporary and future contexts for digital form and fabrication.
- Design project (70) [LO 1,2,4]
- Journal/Documentation (20) [LO 3,4]
- Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload130 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
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Some familiarity with 2D and 3D design software will be advantageous, but is not essential.
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