Third + Fourth Year
ARCH1289, ARCH1290, ARCH1291, ARCH1292, ARCH1293


Tutor: Roger Kemp
Schedule: Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00
Location: 100.04.002


This specialisation will develop proposals for changes to the atrium space within the Design Archive building adjacent to the Design Hub. You will research the way in which archives work - their purpose and procedures. Your design proposals will seek to activate the space providing flexibility and increased public awareness, research participation and student engagement.



Tutor: Sarah Burrell
Schedule: Wednesday 18:00 - 21:00
Location: 100.05.005


In Activating Urban Space you will explore spatial intervention as a way of reframing the city and engaging local communities. In phase 1 of the semester you will interact with an assigned site through mapping, drawing, photography, video, and one-to-one testing. Your site research will then inform phase 2 where you will design a temporary urban classroom and event space.

The final phase of the semester involves formatting your design and site research as a public art proposal for the city of Melbourne; which will include a concept proposal, artist bio, project budget, and imagery of your design and site research. Throughout the course you will receive feedback from professionals working in the field of public art as well as curators from Public Art Melbourne. By the end of the course you will have a developed project proposal, ready for submission to a commissioning body or festival.


Prop Up

Tutor: Madeleine Griffiths
Schedule: Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00
Location: 100.01.004 (Workshop)


Using a brief to delivery structure supplemented by in-class practical workshops Prop Up will comprehensively explore the prop making process. The semester will begin with practical workshops and theoretical presentations to build the skills needed to interpret a brief and to budget, design, develop construct, fabricate and deliver a professionally finished prop.



Tutor: Caroline Vains
Schedule: Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00
Location: 100.04.004


In this specialisation we will address these questions and begin to unpack the wonderful hybrid of contemporary practices working at the intersection of performance and design. Or more precisely, at the intersection of body, movement, costume, space, time and site on one hand, and between the disciplines of theatre, sculpture, live art, installation, sound, light and spatial design on the other.
Over the course of our investigations, we will dig into the archival treasure troves of the two largest global performance design festivals, each held every 4 years; the World Stage Design festival (held most recently in Taipei 2017) and the Prague Quadrennial (next scheduled for 2019 in Prague).

For the main project you will design a performance design, a scenography, or a design-led performance for the Prague Quadrennial. It will be a speculative proposal based on the recent brief for the Site Specific Performance Festival within the larger Quadrennial. This brief is a call to artists and designers from around the world to submit a performance design proposal that responds specifically to the site of the Prague Exhibition Grounds.



Tutor: Linda Raimondo
Schedule: Monday 18:00-21:00
Location: 94.05.006/007


‘Ritual’ is a specialisation that will engage with sustainable, theatrical and community based design. The studio intends to produce a project that explores food rituals in both residential and hospitality environments. It will investigate concepts of food nutrition and culinary performance in both the home and public interior spaces. This will be realised through recording, documenting and observing food consumption and performance both in the past, present and future. Cultural food experiences, as well as sustainable eating and experiential design are some of the topics explored in this course.

The brief will require students to produce a project that creates a theatrical celebration around food consumption, preparation & life cycle. Students will be asked to initially research where food comes from and then investigate how this process can be incorporated into their project. Traditional and original values will also be researched and transformed into a conceptual design. They will be asked to produce a spatial outcome that will be located within their chosen site. The studio will focus on the creation of an experience involving a custom designed culinary ritual. They will develop methods to designing through diagramming, hand sketching and model making.



Tutor: Zoe Teltscher-Taylor
Schedule: Thursdays 18:00 - 21:00
Location: 100.05.008


This specialisation will explore joinery design within Revit. Although the focus will be on developing a skill set around detailed component modelling, the students will also be asked to explore conceptual ideas of what joinery is and what it could be. By positioning the subject within the field of exhibition design, the students will be asked to design a series of flexible joinery pieces that are adaptable and contribute to the changing function of the space. The students will choose two artists from a provided list and design the space according to the requirements of these two clients. The subject will be focused around asking the following questions: what does joinery contribute to the practice of interior design and how can the design of joinery be both functional as well as an engaging experience in its own right?



Tutor: Sandra Githinji & Jackson Bi
Schedule: Wednesday 18:00 - 21:00
Location: 100.05.007


SITE-ING is a research based speculative and experimental workshop whose design process is grounded in the practicality of a feasibility study. The specialisation will explore the representation of site as an agency of both analysis and design generation.

The subject of this research is located a site within Melbourne CBD, which you will analyse and investigate through 2D and 3D measured mapping techniques. SITE-ING invites you to curate a 3-dimensional spatial ordering / composition, containing extensive site research in the form of photographs, drawings, mappings, artefacts and text. Mapping will be an essential design tool in critically study the site, while broadening the contextual relationships through considered drawings. Model making will be adopted as a design methodology to summarise your site research and generate initial concepts, by understanding 3 dimensional relationships of site while exercising form, mass, scale and planning.

The design outcome of SITE-ING aims to devise an architectural language through building upon the research to develop a spatial outcome in the form of a bodily experiential pavilion that integrates with the urban fabric, to promote a series of sensitivities to the current context and catalyses public interaction.



Tutor: Georgie Brooks
Schedule: Monday 18:00 - 21:00
Location: 100.04.002


Retail Therapy will explore designing displays for objects in retail design, specifically contemporary jewellery. Students will research Melbourne contemporary jewellery and design a small retail space and its displays. Each design will be accompanied by a linking temporary retail space in the city for a curated collection of artists.

Currently in Melbourne the market is saturated with permanent gallery spaces and an online social media presence, but how can we generate a retail presence that is tangible yet temporary? The development of smaller linking retail displays will question these ideas.



Tutor: Phoebe Whitman
Schedule: Wednesday 15:00 - 18:00
Location: 94.02.013


nəʊˈteɪʃ(ə)n is a specialisation that will explore notation, as a concept, creative approach, compositional device, artifact, situation, experience. Notation as a practice is inherently connected to design and the communication of thought and intention, interpretation and translation. Notations such as writing, text, footnotes, drawings, marks, visual gestures on a page, recordings can carry a compound of readings, implications, qualities, transgressions and mis - readings.