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COLB12-400: Design Studio


Design Studio is a 40 credit point subject allowing students to develop a customised solution in response to a real-world issue within the local community. Throughout a semester-long applied project, students work full-time in interdisciplinary teams applying the design thinking tools, methods and mindsets acquired within previous subjects whilst collaborating with expert coaches, mentors and a team of interdisciplinary educators. Focal elements of the subject include developing a shared understanding through empathising with the diverse positions and interests of key stakeholders, considering multiple perspectives, generating and exploring creative ideas, making and learning from mistakes, questioning implications and adaptively planning for the implementation of validated solutions.

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: COLB12-400
EFTSL: 0.500
Credit: 40
Study areas:
  • Business, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship
  • Communication, Film, and Creative Media
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2021: $15,560.00
  • Commencing in 2021: $21,040.00

Learning objectives

1. Identify and define a problem or need from a user perspective in an applied context 2. Effectively use rapid prototyping in order to gain and use feedback and iteratively test and refine possible solutions to a defined need 3. Work collaboratively to generate and implement creative ideas 4. Plan for the implementation of a designed solution, outlining resource needs, timelines, risk management considerations and related details in an applied context 5. Evaluate personal work and that of others to provide useful and constructive feedback enabling continuous improvement and learning 6. Critically reflect on and learn from personal experience and feedback from others to enable continued development

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Students outside the requisite programs may seek approval to enrol in this subject through the Transformation CoLab.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.