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AWSS2020: Object Design (Material and Light)

2023 unit information

In this practical unit, students produce light objects exploring diverse materials and fabrication techniques focusing on developing and inter-relating manufacturing and artisan skills with research, analysis and design development. Through a series of exercises, experiments and production of their major project, students develop knowledge of appropriate construction techniques working with the DMAF workshops. The course aims to cultivate a critical awareness around objects that surround us. Students will explore cultural, contextual and symbolic aspects of object design as well as functional and aesthetic qualities working with light. Students will also develop awareness of industrial and craft practices and how they impact on the design process and outcome. Sustainability and social issues relating to their manufacture, use and disposal are discussed; the unit aims to increase appreciation of the materiality of objects as an example paying attention to associated environmental and ethical issues, and emerging alternative materials. Students are also expected to produce a process journal and report on how a particular designer/s or movement has informed or influenced their final project/s.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:


Code AWSS2020
Academic unit Architecture
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate understanding of materials including various processed and raw timbers, metals, papers and plastics for their uses in the design of an object
  • LO2. strategically plan, design and fabricate an object
  • LO3. ability to understand differences between sustainable and unsustainable methods of production
  • LO4. demonstrate the development of approipriate skills in the workshops and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others
  • LO5. use the DMAF machines and tools safely.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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