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 College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Teaching staff

Dr Jacqueline Power

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


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Band Field of Education
2 040107

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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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