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

This course builds upon fundamental knowledge of solid timber design and construction to incorporate structures, surfaces and allowance for wood movement into larger furniture pieces that feature an elevated surface. The course is taught as an intensive using 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. Topics covered include observation/inventory of known functions and uses of surface, design ideation, scale drawings, timber selection, machine processing and joinery, and further hand tool techniques. Students will work both during and outside of class to design and make several samples or a small project followed by one major furniture project. Occupational health and safety instruction is an integral part of this course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. utilise a range of design and woodworking skills relevant to the course projects;
  2. explore the potential of solid timber construction in relation to wood movement and structural integrity;
  3. recognise and discuss historical and theoretical contexts relevant to course projects;
  4. design, plan and produce solid timber panels and joinery structures to realise a design concept; and
  5. identify, analyse and critically reflect on the relationships between forms and concepts.

Other Information

School of Art & Design studio courses have a limited enrolment capacity. Students are advised to enrol as early as possible to maximise the opportunity of securing a place.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Folio of contextual research, project design, and project plans (30) [LO 2,3,4]
  2. Project fabrication and completion (40) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Project reflection and reporting (30) [LO 3,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 45 hours of contact over 3 weeks: lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and

b) 85 hours of independent research, design, reading, writing and studio practice.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV1012 or DESA1002.

Prescribed Texts

None specified


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
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