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Digital Design and Fabrication (ENVS20001)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeENVS20001
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will serve as an introduction to digital design and workflow from ideas to the making of physical artefacts. It will introduce students to contemporary digital design software, tools and technology with a broader view of using these tools, mediums and techniques for design purposes and execution of design intent. The subject will focus on introducing design workflow from digital modelling to the making of physical artefacts exploring the relationship between material and technology.

A series of lectures will introduce students to the range of spatial media and techniques used to develop design concepts and design strategies. The emphasis will be on developing a critical understanding of the relationship between media and outcomes, and how tools and techniques encourage or constrain design possibilities. Concluding each lecture, students will be introduced to self-teaching modules that will enable experimentation with media and techniques typically used in design and planning.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  • Gain an understanding of the design, reasoning, and application of spatial and analog representations of physical models.
  • Develop an historical awareness of pictorial traditions and symbolic representations in both 2D and 3D.
  • Understand object-centred representations from aerial, topographic, planar and volumetric perspectives.
  • Understand process-centred representations through digital, distributed/networked, time-based, quantitative, and kinetic/performative/responsive applications.
  • Develop ways of reading and interpreting such representations with a cultural and critical lens.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ENVS10008 Virtual Environments

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



  • Analogue/digital drawing and modelling formatted as journal document with oral presentation (equivalent to 1600 words), two submissions (week 4 and mid-semester), 40%;
  • Final design project using mixed media, supporting drawings and analysis with oral presentation (equivalent to 1200 words), end of semester (before examination period), 30%;
  • Critical review of lectures and design project (1200 words), end of semester (first week of examination period), 30%.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

160 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019