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Learning by Making B KDA382

This unit is subject to a quota of 18 students.


This unit focuses on designing products for batch or multiple productions. Students are encouraged to develop individual and innovative approaches in the designing and making of contemporary, commercially viable items for manufacture. Workshop and studio activities will include student evaluations of the process for achieving design quality. Students will be required to submit design propositions to clients, consultants and authorities for their approval. Students will employ model-making to develop and test innovative design propositions and use digital media to prepare documentation and budget projections. The unit will provide experience in the efficiency of production, documentation, prototyping and marketability, and situate design within its historical and contemporary context. Learning by Making students will experience the characteristics of a ‘live’ project in a public place.


Unit name Learning by Making B
Unit code KDA382
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Mr Peter Booth
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston 5 Week Session Nov On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Nov 4/11/2024 11/11/2024 21/11/2024 8/12/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Formulate design propositions using active and reflective precedent research.
  • 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.
  • Employ diverse media, tools and techniques to communicate in a professional, engaging and critically reflective manner.
  • Create 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%)
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