Courses & Units

Learning by Making A KDA381


Architecture Choice Units offer students a chance to select units from a range of options that suit their personal interests and professional aspirations. All units express key aspects of our program. Learning by Making projects focus on the collaborative design, fabrication, assembly and installation of an object or space, often located in a public space. The projects are 'live' and students will usually experience direct engagement with stakeholders, including clients, engineers and local authorities. Students will use model making at a variety of scales to fully develop ideas before progressing to full-scale fabrication. Construction technologies will vary from project to project and may involve either traditional construction or digital fabrication. Workplace Heath and Safety will be an integral part of the learning in this unit.


Unit name Learning by Making A
Unit code KDA381
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Doctor Richard Burnham
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Intensive Session Jun On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Intensive Session Jun 1/7/2024 5/7/2024 11/7/2024 21/7/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Elaborate identified and unidentified client needs to inform the development of the project
  • Work collaboratively with peers and stakeholders on the design and fabrication of a project to effectively leverage the diverse skill sets of a design team
  • Fabricate models or full-scale structures to inform and develop detailed design thinking

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
040101 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,648.00

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Min 75 credit points from units KDA138, KDA139, KDA140, KDA141 and (KDA144 or KDA151) OR (KDA144 or KDA143)


Teaching Pattern

10 x intensive 7-hour-day workshops

AssessmentPrototyping (30%)|Design Development and Fabrication (35%)|Design Report (35%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



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