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This unit is subject to a quota of 20 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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Learning by Making B
Unit code KDA382
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Teaching staff

Richard Burnham

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes


Speculate: Employ critical, exploratory and conceptual thinking to formulate design propositions, including active and reflective precedent research.


Collaborate: Demonstrate a willingness and capacity to work collaboratively with peers and an ability to take responsibility for aspects of project management - including interactions with clients, stakeholders, local authorities - in order to satisfy the requirements of the brief.


Communicate: Employ diverse media, tools and techniques to communicate in a professional, engaging and critically reflective manner. Demonstrate an ability to plan and apply Workplace Health and Safety.


Demonstrate an ability to use ‘making’ (either in models or full-scale assembly) as a way to inform and develop  detailed design thinking, particularly in terms of the use of materials, components and to assist in the  communication of ideas.




Min 75 credit points from units KDA138, KDA139, KDA140, KDA141 and (KDA144 or KDA151 for students admitted 2021 onwards) OR (KDA144 or KDA143 for students admitted pre 2021)


Teaching Pattern


AT1 - Prototyping Assignment (30%)

AT2 - Design Development and Fabrication Assignment (70%)

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