• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Roderick Bamford
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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 an understanding of operational constraints and appropriate use of additive and subtractive digital fabrication systems and relative to materials and context;
  3. communicate reflective and critical approaches through design process;
  4. evidence an awareness of historical, contemporary and future contexts for digital form and fabrication; and
  5. produce design outcomes that would otherwise be impossible without digital technologies.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Design project (60) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  2. Journal/Documentation (20) [LO 3,4]
  3. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Comparative case study (10) [LO 2,3,4]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Refer to Wattle

Preliminary Reading

Refer to Wattle

Assumed Knowledge

Some familiarity with 2D and 3D design software will be advantageous but is not essential.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3600
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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
4511 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person View

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