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Digital Design Applications (ABPL90123)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90123
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject focuses on algorithmic digital form explorations using intensive computational scripting coupled with fabrication of detailed material models. The selected topics introduced in the subject include: variational design, interactive skins and spaces, materials and technologies of digital fabrication.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject students should have developed:

  • knowledge of the impact of digital technology on theoretical issues in spatial design;
  • critical awareness of the relationship between representation and spatial design with an emphasis on digital design environments;
  • skills in the use of computational design and digital technologies.

Generic skills

  • Critical thinking and analysis.
  • Information gathering and critical synthesis.
  • Comprehension of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing.
  • Methods of documentation and presentation.

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into a course at the Melbourne School of Design.



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Attendance and class participation throughout the semester (10%)
  • Reflection on 2-3 texts out of the ‘Readings’ material during seminar sessions, 10 minute presentation per student, with a 2 page (1000 word) summary (15%)

Design Task:

  • A3 folio of ‘process’ work, due at the end of the exam period (15%)
  • Explanatory text (approx. one side of A4), due at the end of the exam period (10%)
  • Physical Model(s) and A1 poster of design due at the end of the exam period (50%)*

*Physical Model(s) – At least one model that shows a significant section of your design @ 1:20. A1 poster needs to communicate the key ideas behind your proposal, can be a combination of typical architectural drawings/diagrams/renders.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorDominik Holzer
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 hours per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 8 July 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Additional delivery details

Quota: 25

This subject is a quota subject and places are limited. Students may provisionally enrol via the Student Portal, but places are not guaranteed until selection is completed. You will be notified in writing by the Student Centre if you are selected.

Selection criteria: Academic merit

For detailed information on the quota subject application process and due dates, refer to the EDSC Quota Subjects webpage: http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/quota-subjects

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    This subject has a Quota and priority will be given to UoM students

  • Available to Study Abroad and Exchange students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.

Last updated: 16 June 2018