Courses & Units

Design Studio 1 KDA111




Students investigate the activity of experiencing, seeing, feeling, sensing, measuring and documenting observations. These investigations also require imagining, representing and testing ideas through a range of media, in addition to researching and beginning to develop design values. Students develop design appreciation and design skills through a series of exercises that allow them to explore space and form as well as aesthetic concepts such as proportion, balance, harmony, colour, texture and contrast.

This unit is taught in a manner that emphasises the way in which designed objects and environments are used - as real objects and places with functions, locations, and environmental, cultural, social and temporal consequences. Conceptual thinking in three dimensions is developed through workshop activities, studio exercises and tutorial discussions. Work is presented through graphic media such as freehand drawing, perspective drawing, design drawing, photography and models. Communication skills are acquired in the undertaking of design project work, and in conjunction with the work undertaken in KDA136 Design Communication 1.

As a foundation, KDA111 Design Studio 1 and KDA121 Design Studio 2 provide a base on which to build and develop the skills of imagining, representing and testing of design ideas. KDA111 Design Studio 1 and KDA112 Design Studio 2 are foundation design units for Architecture and Interior Design courses.


Unit name Design Studio 1
Unit code KDA111
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Architecture & Design
Discipline Architecture and Design

Teaching staff

Dr Jacqueline Power

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Teaching Pattern

One hour lecture per week (12 weeks).
Three hours of studios and workshops per week (12 weeks).


Three developmental design projects (two minor and one major).

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