Courses & Units

Design Futures KDA304

Launceston, Hobart


Design Futures is one of two capstone units where you will demonstrate knowledge and skills gained throughout the degree in an applied project. This unit focuses on identifying and developing plans for your future design practice or career. You will research and investigate emerging fields of practice in design or related industries and identify, justify and target opportunities aligned with your own interests and/or aspirations. This can be directed towards employment within a particular industry, establishment as an independent design practitioner, a proposal for a future business or social enterprise, or a pathway into further postgraduate study. You will be supported through workshops, mentoring and relevant resources, while being required to work with a degree of independence. Outputs will be targeted towards individual specialisations, but may include business plans, professional portfolios and CVs, exhibitions, or academic writing. It is also possible to undertake an embedded work-integrated-learning experience as part of the unit.


Unit name Design Futures
Unit code KDA304
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Ms Vanessa Ward
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 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 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Research and evaluate emerging design practices and the implications and opportunities for design futures.
  • Locate and justify a personal position in relation to the broad field of design and to a disciplinary specialisation.
  • Develop, implement and produce design outputs aligned to personal interests and/or aspirations in the field of design.
  • Plan and manage a self-directed project through independent inquiry, organisation and self-reflection.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
100500 $2,005.00 $1,716.00 not applicable $4,890.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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(KDA208 Design Studio Production OR KDA207 Design Studio Collaboration, AND the successful completion of 150 credit points within P3I) OR (KDA246 and KDA247)


Teaching Pattern

Off-campus - 13 x weekly 2-hour seminars; On-campus - 12 x weekly 4 hour workshops and project consultations sessions + one full day workshop.

AssessmentDesign Futures Plan (20%)|Final Portfolio, Presentation or Report (60%)|Design Project Plan (20%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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