ENVS20001 Digital Design and Fabrication

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours: 1 x 1 hour of lectures (no lecture on Wk 6, 10 and 12); 1 x 2 hours of seminars: 3 x 1 hours of technical session (Wk 1, 3 and 4 only)
Total Time Commitment:

160 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Mr Paul Loh, Ms Alison Fairley


Paul Loh


Alison Fairley


Subject Overview:

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.

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.
  • 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%.
Prescribed Texts:

Rhinoceros software. Note: Apple-Mac users will require Windows operating system.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environments Discipline subjects
Non- allowed Breadth Subjects within the Bachelor of Design - relating to specific majors

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