Specialised Communication 

Second Year
ARCH 1434

Image by Herbert Bayer

Image by Herbert Bayer


Tutor: Ying-Lan Dann
Schedule: Fridays 9:00-12:00
Location: 100.04.004


Form a line is a Specialised Communications class, which will offer students an opportunity to develop hand drawing and CAD communication techniques designed to lend your design projects a high degree of conceptual and representational fluency and accuracy. The seminar will be structured into three segments, outlined below as First, Second and Third points. 

First point asks students to  focus on specific drawing techniques, which have been adopted historically by architects, interior designers and artists to bring qualities of depth, movement and temporality to their drawings. We will visit a different city site each week and undertake a range of hand drawing tasks, such as, hatching, overlaying, erasing, applying coloured line work. During the week, you will expand/ re-imagine/ re(de)fine your observational drawings through the employment of CAD techniques.

Second point takes the observational drawing approaches practiced in First Point into a specific urban tram network - 96 - East Brunswick - St Kilda Beach. Students will employ drawing techniques to form an understanding of the temporal, linear narratives that underpin transport infrastructure. 

How might you adopt the informational conventions of mapping, whilst imbuing your drawings with the atmospheric and temporal qualities more common to interior representations?

Your sojourn along this particular tram route will bring you to Middle Park and more specifically to the interior of the Middle Park Library, 254-256 Richardson street, Middle Park.

Third Point asks you to locate your observational and mapping skills within the Middle Park Library, one of several community spaces being upgraded within the Port Phillip City Council’s Middle Park community hub. Public libraries have long participated in the cultivation of interior public space. How do such spaces relate to their surrounds? What other public infrastructure exists within the hub? How is the library apprehended from public transport and other networks? Students will be asked to generate programming and design approaches to this interior public space, using a range of drawing types and scales to represent their design thinking. Students will be asked to focus on how they represent their projects, using the means practiced within the seminar.

Image by Dan Ohlmann

Image by Dan Ohlmann


Tutor: Madeleine Griffith
Schedule: Fridays 12:30-15:30
Location: 100.01.00A


Looking at miniatures, model making set design and casting, Maximising the Miniature will teach students practical skills to enhance their design process and visual vocabulary through hand built model making and casting processes. Students will learn about contemporary set design and film history while learning how to use miniatures for maximum effect.

Through process-based projects, students will:

- Develop their practical skills and confidence with the tools and techniques of the Workshop.
- Learn a robust visual language and new modes of communication.
- Extend their abilities through creative exploration and expression.

There will be a strong focus on practical technique, context and theory for the first half of the course. Students will have an opportunity to develop their model making practice beyond architectural representation and build on their existing model making knowledge.

This course will explore: 

- Model making techniques.
- Miniature construction.
- Casting techniques.
- Set design.
- Film theory.
- Basic Video Production.

Image by Del Harrow

Image by Del Harrow


Tutor: Dustin Bailey
Schedule: Fridays 9:00-12:00
Location: 100.01.00A


In this workshop-based course students will explore the process of creating two
part moulds as a way of replicating form through casting. The course asks students to think of structures as systems - How can a small singular form be designed to allow assembly of its replicated self into a structure? What methods of connection, pairing and assembly can be
used to create a interior space from just one repeated set of geometry?

Replicate is designed to be practical, hands on and workshop oriented. Students will develop skills in translating complex design concepts into detailed physical artefacts.

The course will begin with an introduction into the basic principals of casting. Students will
design and replicate castings as a low volume production run which will be assembled into a
structural system. This will challenge both the process of designing and producing a successful system, while creating a distinct environment which considers the relationship between materiality, light and space.


March Studio for Aesop


Tutor: Leo Moscicki
Schedule: Friday 9:00-12:00
Location: 100.04.005


In this course you will explore the relationship between design, brand and the retail space. Through a series of three-dimensional design projects, you will work with a dynamic independent Melbourne footwear brand (Radical Yes) to create and install your work within a retail environment. Your spatial interventions will be immersive and amazing – spatially engaging the public with this dynamic young company.

Across three hands-on projects, you will explore repetition, deconstruction and reconstruction as design approaches for retail space. Brand Space will challenge you to reflect on ‘real-world’ factors such as brand requirements, budgets and commercial viability – all of which must be considered when creating visual installations for a branded space. 

You will install your spatial interventions in Radical Yes HQ for a public launch. You will be involved in documenting and communicating the launch through web-based media to a broader fashion and design audience.

Image by Pandarosa

Image by Pandarosa


Tutor: Ariel Aguilera
Schedule: Fridays 12:00-15:00
Location: 045.01.010


This unit will explore concepts related to iconography, symbolism and representative simplification through a series of in-class workshops and site visitations. Via these engagements, participants will be asked to observe dimensional built structures and extract their simplified graphical qualities, thus exploring a dialogue between dimensional fields.

These observations within plane space, will then be translated and evaluated for their spatial potential through built propositions. The aim will be to bridge an informative line between spatial disciplines into a more complete & creative approach.

Outcomes for the unit will also be as diverse, ranging from online, archival and print results.