Specialised Communications

Second Year
ARCH 1434


Tutor: Andrew Miller
Schedule: Friday 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Location: 8.7.153 (Lab 5)


The expanded field of interior design is partly facilitated by emerging technologies in digital fabrication, 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC milling, robotics, environmental and wearable sensors and real time simulation software to name a few. 

This specialised communications considers the potential of these technologies in the role of expanding the discipline of interior design. Students will explore the notion of surface as depth and the interplay between geometric repetition, variation and deformation - Specifically through the design and fabrication of wall and pavilion tiling systems.

The first half of semester will be based in the computer labs where students will undertake a series of in class tutorials designing a set of digital tiles and speculative ‘pavilions’ using intermediate Rhino commands and Rhino Paneling tools.

The second half of semester classes will be situated in the Gossard workshop where students will (CNC) mill their digital ‘tiles’ for casting. Casting processes will include; mould making, thermoforming and multiple material explorations.
As a result of this course, students will gain knowledge of the intersection between digital modeling, digital fabrication and traditional crafting techniques. This will assist in the development and communication of material knowledge, in parallel with the experience and functionality of form.



Tutor: Caroline Vains
Schedule: Friday 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Location: 8.12.38


‘A place is an area within an environment that has been altered in such a way to make the general environment more conspicuous.’ (Carl André) 

Site Lines will involve students in large scale engagements with specific sites. There will be three main phases during the semester: site analysis, site intervention, and gallery installation.

Taking land artist and place-maker Carl André as a primary precedent, the semester will begin with students learning how to bring photography and diagramming together to analyse site and draw aspects of it to the fore. Communication methods explored through this mixed media practice will include framing, composition, juxtaposition, repetition, and narrative.

Students will then build on these site analyses skills to construct large scale interventions into site. In doing so, they will aim to capture, amplify, distil, or express aspects of site that would otherwise remain unnoticed, hidden or latent (site lines, sensory and textural qualities, atmospheres, affordances, histories, etc.). Strategies for making used in these interventions might include: finished artefacts designed & constructed in the workshop and curated in ‘place’; assemblages constructed from materials and objects found on site; or physical drawings into, cuttings through, or displacements within site.

The semester will conclude with a public exhibition of student work in the Westspace Gallery in Bourke St, Melbourne. During this phase, students will work together to edit and reframe their collective body of work and curate it for exhibition.



Tutor: Hannah Moriarty
Schedule: Friday 9.30am - 12.30pm
Location: 8.12.38


1. (Art Terms) a sculptor & small preliminary model or sketch

In this course you will be introduced to a series of research and presentation techniques including casting, object-making, styling, curation, exhibition design and graphic design. Throughout the semester you will design a number of schematic artefacts which will be explored using photography, styling and exhibition design techniques.

We will engage with the gallery as a site for investigation and exploration. You will have the opportunity to take part of the FRINGE FURNITURE exhibition. The curation of your collection and research will offer up the potential for generation of new concepts and ideas which will inform your own exhibition.

In this course you will first develop an understanding of materiality and the power of the object. Over the semester you will practice through making by learning different casting and model making techniques. 

Maquette is a process-based course that builds communication and model-making skills. You will develop site analysis methods that can be applied in studio and at different scales.

You will learn how to curate and arrange objects and matter to convey certain ideas and themes which will aid your presentation skills.

Please note that this course will cost approximately $50 in materials.



Tutor: Kim Wearne
Schedule: Friday 9.30am - 12.30pm
Location: Level 7 Workshop


In this course you will be asked to explore small three-dimensional objects as form of idea generation in addition to a mode of design communication. 

Classes will be run in the workshop where you will learn techniques of casting and carving and use materials including plaster, timber, wax and metal to construct small-scale objects with an interior sensibility. The pieces will be photographed and re-imagined through drawing and collage, in order to produce immersive design drawings that communicate the textural and spatial qualities of your interior space.

Imaginarium will encourage experimentation and seek to build your confidence to access the tools and resources available to you in the workshops at RMIT.

Please note that this course will cost approximately $45 in materials.



Tutor: Madeleine Griffith
Schedule: Friday 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Location: A/V Studio 8.7.71


During this course students will be taught practical skills to enhance their design process and visual vocabulary through hand built model making, animation and video production.

Participants will create a 2D screen based interior exploration from a 3D built model.

Enhanced by animated elements, video playback and projection, students will have an opportunity to develop their model making practice beyond architectural representation and build on their existing model making knowledge.

Students will be introduced to model and miniature making techniques, video projection, animation, film production, texture, creative exploration and expression to learn a robust visual language that can be used in all areas of their design practice.

There will be a strong focus on practical technique, context and theory for the first half of the course. 

These skills will be used to develop a final project in the second half of the semester.