Study practical and entertaining subjects in one of Australia's leading universities, known for excellence in the creative industries throughout the world. Be immersed in hands-on studies in world-class facilities and create valuable international connections.

Units you can choose

Design your own creative study abroad or exchange semester by selecting individual units or a set of related units in your field of interest. Why not delve into uniquely Australian studies and gain a new perspective?

Enrolment restrictions

You should check the full unit details to make sure you meet any requirements including portfolios, auditions and physical tests you need to complete. For example, dance units require a registered physiotherapist's report confirming you have an appropriate level of physical fitness and no pre-existing issues or injuries that would prevent your safe and full participation.

Approved units

All students can study these units, regardless of your academic background. These units will be approved on your QUT study plan after you apply.

Architecture and built environment

DAB101 Architectural Design 1: Explorations

The aim of this unit is to provide a broad introduction to the discipline of architecture and an overview of the fields of knowledge with which architects must concern themselves. Design is arguably the core activity of architecture. This design unit offers a broad introduction to the practice of design in an architectural context and is therefore offered at the commencement of the course. It uses developmental exercises to enhance your perceptions of the built environment. Analysis of the constructed environment leads to design projects that engage with issues of context, tectonics, planning, form, and spatial quality. Orthogonal drawing exercises, freehand sketching, presentation graphics and model-making all form part of the unit content. Teaching and learning activities are spread across lectures and studio-based activities.

DAB102 Architectural Design 2: Spaces

This unit examines technological and artistic processes of design within an architectural context. It seeks to provide the ability to develop architectural designs of controlled complexity, focusing on aspects of spatial quality. As such, this unit will expose you to the design of a small public building in the Brisbane area. Architectural design as a manageable process is explored through a number of exercises and design projects. Discrete steps in the process of architectural design are made explicit through staged activities that build to a complete design project. Orthogonal drawing exercises, freehand sketching, presentation graphics, and model making all form part of the unit content.

DAB201 Architectural Design 3: Dwelling

This unit provides you with an ability to develop architectural designs with a focus on aspects of problem solving through an appreciation of architectural principles and process. It advances research skills and investigates architectural principles through the examination of precedents. The unit focuses on dwelling design in the form of houses in a semi-urban or suburban context. It uses developmental exercises to enhance student perceptions of dwelling. Design problems of moderate complexity are tackled through a process of abstraction, experimentation, representation, imagination, and testing. This unit is part of the sequence of design units of the course that continues the development of your architectural design knowledge and skills. This design unit exposes architectural design as a rigorous process with measurable qualities with particular focus on dwelling, spatial qualities of residential living, and the relationship of a building to its landscape.

DLB301 Landscape Ecology

This unit applies theories of landscape ecology related to sustainable landscape design and planning in combination with an understanding of geomorphological structures and processes. It prepares you for further expansion of your intermediate-level design skills into Landscape Planning theory and application. It expands your understanding of landscape from a small site to a broad and holistic level. Landscape architects need to understand the systems that create and are created by the landscape and so this unit will develop your ability to comprehend the interconnectedness of landscape structures and processes, and how they interact within landscape systems, essential to the formulation of sustainable landscape design propositions. You will apply this knowledge in a semester-long landscape study project, extending the communication techniques you learnt in first and second year units.

DYB101 Impact Lab 1: Place

While you will develop disciplinary knowledge and skills through the course, many problems facing organisations and societies naturally span disciplines. The four common core Impact Labs in the Bachelor of Design explore the potential of design to bring about change. As the first Impact Lab, DYB101 introduces design processes and practices for a future characterised by diverse perspectives, social agendas and environmental concerns. You will learn how 21st-century designers from all disciplines apply empathy and the ability to acknowledge and incorporate diverse viewpoints to address challenging themes.

DYB114 Spatial Histories

This foundation unit introduces the history of the built environment that will inform your study of global architectures that have occurred over several millennia putting the present into its relative context. It is designed to integrate the discipline specific content of architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture within the broad context of a global understanding of spatial histories from multiple perspectives. The unit addresses key designs, ideas and issues that have shaped the aesthetic, environmental, socio-cultural and political factors that related to their production. It enables you to become familiar with the critical moments and paradigm shifts of the built environment through global perspectives and spatial justice theories; to develop an understanding of yourself as a participant in the continuum of the rich cultural tradition of designing and making places for human inhabitation.

UXB100 Design-thinking for the Built Environment

In this introductory unit, you will gain a big picture view of the strategies and interactions that influence the sustainable development of the built environment. Using design-thinking, you will consider the end user of built spaces and the social and cultural impacts of decisions at every stage of the project development and planning process. You will analyse problems and consider various innovative solutions. You will learn appropriate terminology and communication strategies to communicate and negotiate with diverse stakeholders including clients, design managers, architects, project managers, urban planners, construction managers and quantity surveyors and cost engineers. You will also learn how and when these roles intersect and how you can have a strategic impact on the project development and planning process.

UXB110 Residential Construction

This unit develops your knowledge, skills and application for residential construction management. The unit introduces current domestic construction techniques and materials that are the core of any construction process. You are taught to read plans and build a house by studying construction theory and legislation, visiting building sites, sketching construction details and drawing simple plans. This first year unit complements UXB100 and prepares you for Integrated Construction Management and Commercial Construction Management.

UXB111 Imagine Construction Management

Imagine what your future construction management career will be like. This unit introduces you to the essential professional skills and practices you will need throughout your studies and professional career in construction, and provides a sense of identity as a construction management professional. Key concepts such as fundamentals of construction management, occupational health and safety, professional practice, ethics and sustainability are explored.

UXB120 Introduction to Heavy Engineering Sector Technology

This unit introduces resource sector technology associated with on and off Shore Oil and Gas (LNG), open cut and underground mining and power generation and distribution infrastructure including processing plants/plant design and infrastructure systems.  Students will also develop introductory knowledge of safety and risk management within these sectors and develop an appreciation of mineral economics.  It links to the work being undertaken in units Imagine Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering.

UXB121 Imagine Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering

This unit introduces the broad scope of contemporary quantity surveying activity and cost engineering. It focuses on three broad areas of professional quantity surveying and cost engineering and in doing so, considers the similarities and differences across Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering. Firstly, what it means to be a professional is considered including image and status, fees, codes of ethics, professional competence and continuing professional development. Secondly, ways in which professionals engage with a workplace including terms of appointment are explored. Finally, the work of quantity surveying and cost engineering takes place within a social and environmental context and the unit will relate interactions between business and environmental interests including the natural environment, environment economics and ecologically sustainable development.

UXB130 History of the Built Environment

During this unit you will examine the interactions of forces and events that act to produce elements of the built environment, and actively explore the role played by the built environment in shaping human history through the use of historical examples from around the world. The development of your professional understanding of our built environment is based in an appreciation of the role that you will play as part of the ongoing historical processes that shape human settlement patterns. In particular it is important to actively explore the social and environmental forces involved in the evolution of the many ways that the built environment expresses itself both across time and in different locations. The aim of this unit is to explore the role played by culture, technology, and the environment in the historical development of cities and regions.

UXB131 Planning and Design Practice

This unit will provide you with an understanding of how the environment informs the decisions and activities of built environment professionals.  You will be introduced to principles, tools, and approaches for the identification, assessment and management of environmental impacts and environmental risk. Through interaction with practitioners, you will learn about theories for environmental decision making and gain knowledge about the application of theories for environmental planning and management in practice. Lectures present environmental planning issues, policies, and methods. You will engage in dialogues on contemporary environmental dilemmas, exploring ethical and practical aspects that underpin conflict in environmental policy-making processes. Computer labs will refine the skills you acquired in site analysis units, providing you with tools to facilitate collaborative problem-solving with spatial models. This unit will aid your preparations for professional practice.

UXB132 Urban Analysis

This is a foundation unit that provides opportunities for acquiring, refining and applying quantitative, qualitative and spatial skills required for analyses of cities and regions. The unit introduces techniques required to undertake thematic and emergent qualitative analyses, descriptive statistics, communication and analyses of spatial data, use of software in professional practice of urban analyses, and contemporary real-world urban analyses. Gaining skills to confidently apply these techniques is critical for an urban planning practitioner whether working in public or private sector. The unit also helps in gaining knowledge and skills in managing collaborative projects using structured timelines and assistive technologies, reflecting on collaboration in a clear and professional manner to communicate growth in skills and competencies, and interpreting, synthesising and effectively communicating data analysis results to inform policy.

UXB133 Urban Studies

This unit introduces you to the various demographic, economic, social and physical aspects of our cities to help understand the nature of cities we live in. You will be exposed to various theoretical perspectives focusing on the growth and development of cities and their regions, with an emphasis on their spatial structure and the spatial distribution of population, land uses and economic activities within them. You will develop your knowledge and skills in understanding the growth and development of cities, using real-world examples.

UXB134 Land Use Planning

This is a foundation unit that provides opportunities for acquiring, refining and applying knowledge of and skills in land use planning and geographic information system in an integrated way. The unit introduces spatial analysis techniques required to undertake contemporary real-world urban analyses required for land use planning. Gaining skills to confidently apply spatial analysis techniques in land use planning is critical for an urban planning practitioner whether working in public or private sector. The unit also helps in gaining knowledge and skills in analysing substantive theoretical and practical concepts involved in land use planning, evaluating data and applying regulatory frameworks to inform land use decision-making, communicating land use planning concepts both visually and in writing, and proposing solutions to complex land use problems.

UXB135 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

The development of conflict management and negotiation skills is essential for those tasked with shaping the built environment. In this unit, you will acquire skills in effective communication, analysis of disputes and creative problem-solving through active participation in role-playing and reflective activities and intense investigation of real world conflicts that arise through the development of land. Learning to think about and respond to conflict in a rational manner will prepare you for group work within your studies and into professional practice. This unit is placed within the first year of the urban and regional planning course to ensure that students build negotiation and conflict resolution skills in advance of engaging in work placements. Stakeholder Engagement and Planning Law units undertaken in the second year of the course build on this unit.


CYB101 Introduction to Communication

This foundational unit introduces you to written, spoken and visual communication skills. It focuses on audience, purpose, and context as they inform communication practice. The unit is designed to equip you with theoretical and practical skills and knowledge required for careers in the Communication Industries. As a student in the Communication program, you need to be able to express your ideas in written, spoken and visual form. Research shows that an aptitude for and facility in written, spoken and visual communication are essential for academic and professional success. This unit is one of four foundation units in the Bachelor of Communication program that are central to building the theoretical and practical knowledge required by QUT and industry.

CYB102 Introduction to Media and Entertainment Industries

This foundational unit introduces core concepts and debates, analytical frameworks and professional practices necessary to understand how the media and entertainment industries operate as complex economic and cultural activities. It develops capacity for subsequent study and employability in the media and entertainment industries. The unit provides a comprehensive overview of industry structures and functions, regulatory and technological conditions, and professional practice. It also presents you with the broader theoretical and practical implications of industry dynamics in political, economic, and social contexts. As such, this unit aims to develop a deeper and more critical understanding of media and entertainment industries and their dynamics.

CYB103 Communication Theory and Practice

This unit introduces concepts and theories in the study of communication. It covers communication theory, textual analysis, representation, practice, and context. Drawing on examples of communication practice from contemporary society, the unit aims to develop your understanding of communication ecologies, processes, systems, and modes within the wider frame of radical changes occurring in the way texts are produced, read and circulated within our culture. It is one of four foundation units in the Bachelor of Communication program that supports learning activities in intermediate and capstone units and introduces you to individual and teamwork approaches to learning and teaching. The unit also addresses your role as a communicator in the workplace and initiates important strategies for career planning.

CYB104 Managing Social Media

This foundational unit gives an understanding of, and basic applied skills in, best practice social media management within professional communication contexts. It introduces you to the principles, tools and techniques of professional social media practice, social media presence and the development, implementation and analysis of digital communication strategies. It also provides opportunities to apply them in the ever-evolving social media landscape. This is a foundation unit that supports learning activities in intermediate and capstone units and introduces you to individual and teamwork approaches to learning and teaching.

KKB190 Yatdjuligin - Cultural Safety in Indigenous Australian Context

Culturally Safe practice is an essential element in a professional's ability to work in a holistic and accountable way with Indigenous Australian peoples and their communities. This requires deconstruction of your own cultures, values, beliefs and attitudes by taking you on a learning journey that allows you to move beyond cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity through to cultural safety.This unit will prompt you to develop your own strategies to be a culturally safe practitioner in both innovative and creative ways.

KKB191 Am I black enough? Indigenous Australian Representations

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, identities, communities and cultures have been represented in a variety of mediums and artefacts since colonisation. The purpose of this unit is to deconstruct these representations from Indigenous standpoints and critically analyse how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to be positioned across multimedia. This unit facilitates informed discussions prompted by exposure to historical and contemporary constructions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from Indigenous standpoints and perspectives. This unit allows you to challenge existing perspectives of Indigenous Australia through creative and scholarly works by Indigenous artists and scholars. Engaging with this deconstruction will assist you to apply knowledge and skills of culturally safe practices within your personal and professional practices in a confident and safe manner.

KKB192 Smash the Act - Indigenous Australian Politics

This unit will provide you with an introductory knowledge of Australian Indigenous political culture, history, politics and activism through exploration of Indigenous standpoints. The ongoing history of colonial policy will be examined through Indigenous peoples’ struggle for equal rights, Indigenous rights and self-determination. Core political concepts and institutions in Australian social life such as the nation-state, sovereignty, liberalism, representation and democracy will be viewed from Indigenous perspectives and critically analysed according to their capacity to accommodate Indigenous sovereign interests including treaty and institutional reform. You will be actively involved in contemporary debates such as government policy towards Indigenous peoples and communities, the continuing struggle for land rights and Native Title, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples and other relevant issues as they arise.

KKB193 Indigenous Knowledge: Research Ethics and Protocols

This unit critically analyses and articulates culturally safe research that reflects decolonising methodologies as an underpinning framework for research regarding Indigenous Australian issues. The need for culturally safe research is supported by the obvious gaps in knowledge of the ongoing life-differentials and social determinants that impact on Indigenous Australians. Interrogation of Western research and Indigenous scholarship spanning international contexts will challenge you to critically analyse and deconstruct previously held perceptions of research conduct. Indigenous knowledges and pedagogies will facilitate a transformative learning journey in a process where students critique Western research frameworks that continue to represent the Indigenous peoples as the 'other'. The unit will engage your learning through Indigenous knowledge frameworks that facilitate the development of a decolonising research proposal which adheres to Indigenous research ethics and protocols.

Creative practice

KKB180 Creative Futures

This unit introduces creative industries disciplines, inter-disciplinarity and the careers of creative industries practitioners. It aids you to plan your course of study in line with your career interests and potential career opportunities. It enhances your research, written communication and critical thinking skills for various professional and academic purposes. The unit draws upon cutting edge research into the distinctive characteristics of the creative industries and the creative workforce to introduce you to study and work as an emerging inter-disciplinary creative practitioner. You will investigate creative career possibilities and opportunities and develop essential information literacy and written communication skills for both academic and professional contexts. You will envision potential creative career pathways and discover which skills and strategies you’ll need. This will help you make the most of your degree.

KKB185 Creative Enterprise Studio 1

In Studio 1, students develop both enterprise skills and collaborative foundational design thinking skills to better understand the problem space for unique industry or community-based problems. As such, the unit responds to opportunity identification and value creation aligned to industry and/or community-based real world needs. Whilst the value of disciplinary expertise remains constant in this changing world, many problems facing organisations and societies naturally span disciplines. Collaboration and inquiry into these real world problems require a breadth of knowledge and skills in ways that demand and reward curiosity and innovation. Being the first of three Creative Enterprise Studio units, your ability to respond to complex and unique real world problems is strengthened by learning to think and act in diverse ways and draw upon perspectives, methods and insights garnered from the multiplicity of disciplines in your unit cohort.

KYB101 Understanding Creative Practice

This foundational unit provides the principles and skills of creative and critical literacies in creative practice. It introduces the descriptive and analytical vocabulary for your creative practice discipline. It also looks at the principles of Indigenous knowledges and to the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have made to creative practice across a range of disciplines. The unit emphasises the productive relationship between traditional academic communication and creative practice with student responses to creative practice exemplars provided in both written and artform-based modes. This provides opportunities to practice academic writing, peer learning, and giving and receiving feedback. The unit prepares you to synthesise practical and theoretical knowledge about creative practice.

KYB102 Pathways to a Creative Career

This unit helps you develop a professional identity. It introduces the principles and skills required for professional creative practice, including tacit knowledge, education and career planning, and professional development for creative industries practitioners. As such, it addresses personal branding, communicating about your work in professional contexts, navigating ethical and regulatory questions, self-care in practice, working toward a distinctive skill set and setting career goals. Creative practitioners begin developing a professional network during the course of their studies and a foundational understanding of how to build and maintain that network.

KYB201 Socially Engaged Arts Practice

This unit addresses principles, practices and forms of performance that privilege community and cultural democracy. By examining the key ideology and teachings and contemporary Australian practice in community and cultural development (CCD), this unit aims to make connections between creative practice, community and their concerns. It also aims to provide opportunities for you to engage positively in these contexts through your respective art form. Creative practice can reach out beyond the walls of conventional performance space and use its transformative powers to activate solidarity and agency in people and communities to facilitate social action and positive change. Knowledge of the ethos, values and processes of working with communities in a responsive and consultative fashion is an important capability for a comprehensive career in arts and provides key career opportunities for emerging artists.

Creative writing

KWB104 Writing the Short Story

The writing of short stories has traditionally been a starting place for writers to begin developing their craft. Via the short story, this unit explores the elements of fiction such as character, voice, setting, plot, dialogue, point of view and modulation, and helps you acquire and practice skills in creative writing. In this unit you will also learn to analyse literary writing, in particular the short story, for craft elements in a way that informs and illuminates your own work. In addition to lectures, tutorial based peer-critique workshops are a central part of this unit. Within them, in a guided and structured way, you will get and give feedback on the stories as they are being written.

KWB113 Introduction to Creative Writing

This unit provides the fundamental skills for writing fiction and poetry as well as the basic theoretical background that underpins them. It looks at the development of these literary forms as a way of understanding how a practitioner might best approach both the writing and critical analysis of them in the contemporary context. It develops a critical understanding of your own and others’ approaches to writing life. You will be encouraged to develop the skills required for professional writing through a series of tasks that introduce key concepts such as characterisation, constructing a scene, and writing dialogue.

KWB116 Creative Non-Fiction

The ability to recognise, analyse and use core types of non-fiction writing is an important part of the professional writer's practice and a highly useful aspect to develop early in a writing career. Creative non-fiction allows writers to combine real life stories with the creative writing techniques employed in fiction, and develops writing skills in a variety of non-fiction written modes and publishing contexts. These include personal essay and humorous writing, life writing and travel literature, and reviewing of books, film, music, and food. This unit encourages you to apply the creative writing techniques of these forms to your areas of interest, and has an industry focus in equipping you with practical and analytical skills in a range of non-fiction creative writing genres.

KWB117 Australian Voices: Writing and Practice

The ability to recognise, analyse and engage with key aspects of one’s national writing culture is an important part of a professional writer's practice. This unit analyses works of contemporary Australian writing focusing on how writing culture in Australia is positioned in terms of industry, genre, and changing concepts of authorship practice. This unit equips you with creative writing and analytical skills in a range of Australian contexts. It offers reading and discussion of contemporary prize-winning works and an understanding of the writing and broader cultural contexts of their publication.

KWB118 Swords and Spaceships: Writing Genre

This unit surveys current trends in genre writing and popular fiction with a focus on writing for reader engagement. You will have the opportunity to develop a piece of writing that makes use of the techniques of your chosen genre and that reflects the concerns and themes appropriate to your genre. It includes focused writing exercises that will enhance the skills needed to develop, research, and write a genre text. It also aims to help you develop an understanding of genre theory. The unit develops your critical understanding of your own and others’ approaches to the writing life, and the theories of genre that underpin those approaches.

KWB211 Creative Writing: Style and Technique

This unit is a masterclass in literary style. Each week in this unit we will look at how one writer produces a particular technique or effect well, we will unpack at a language level exactly what they are doing, and then we will use this understanding to produce a written piece for the week employing that technique. In essence, this unit provides an opportunity to develop different writing techniques through guided writing exercises and theoretical analyses of texts with an emphasis on style and effect. Here you move beyond the basic elements of fiction and develop advanced techniques in creative and professional writing at a low, language-oriented level. Intensive tutorial-based work, self-directed creative practice, guided critical analysis and asynchronous on-line activities characterise the teaching and learning in this unit.

KWB212 Poetry and Poetics

This unit provides important creative and critical skills in writing poetry and cultivating an understanding of how to interpret and use poetic techniques. It explores a spectrum of contemporary and traditional forms of poetry, and is designed for those who are interested in poetics and the use of words in precise, innovative, concentrated and musical ways. It equips students with knowledge of the techniques, poetic forms and modes, and the opportunity to apply this vocabulary in analysing and reading a wide range of contemporary poetry. The unit provides key creative and critical skills in writing poetry, while offering you the chance to practice in a variety of poetic forms and modes, reflectively writing about your own poetry and analytically writing about the stylistics of another person’s work. The unit occurs at the mid-point of the creative writing major, building on KWB211 Creative Writing: Style and Technique, and preparing you for the advanced work of third year.

KWB214 The Artful Life: From Memoir to Fiction

This unit examines the relationship between imaginative literature, especially the novel, and the inspiration we derive from our own lives. Memoir and fiction are major literary forms that are connected by their use of creative writing techniques and by the way they draw material from authors’ personal experiences. They also are pervasive, complex and culturally important literary forms. This unit is designed to help you examine and understand the theory and practice of memoir and long-form fiction writing; the relationship between imagination and inspiration, and the process of planning and research leading to the development of a novel or memoir proposal, including an initial chapter and synopsis. As such, the unit addresses the scope, challenges and practices of developing fiction or memoir; the standards, conventions and possibilities of fiction and memoir forms; and the development of editorial skills in collaboration with others (feedback).

KWB215 Dangerous Ideas: Contemporary Debates in Writing

This unit introduces you to the key debates and ideas animating the field of contemporary creative writing, and allows you to consider your own writing practice in the context of these debates. The unit helps you to develop a nuanced understanding of the issues preoccupying contemporary writers, to gain insight into the historical and cultural factors informing those issues, and to articulate your own perspectives via conversation and debate. You will encounter a spectrum of ideas about what it means to be a writer today as well as the historical and cultural factors informing our ideas of authorship.

KWB217 Editing and Publishing

This unit offers an advanced understanding of the editing process and the contemporary Australian publishing landscape. It develops your editorial acumen across a range of modes and forms, and builds the interpersonal skills required for editorial relationships. These understandings and skills are crucial for those intending to work in the publishing industry and are of great benefit to creative writers. You will learn to edit the work of others with insight, understanding, and technical skill, and gain a greater knowledge of contemporary Australian publishing.


KDB107 Foundations in Improvisation and Choreographic Practice

This unit introduces the fundamentals of improvisation and choreographic practice. Throughout it you will participate in a series of creative laboratories that seek to enliven an experiential understanding of the body in dance and explore different practices and processes that cultivate tools for dance making. The unit focuses on exploring dance through different approaches to improvisation and task-based processes. This is an opportunity to develop your foundational skills as a choreographer in dance through developing critical skills in experimentation, physical thinking, responsivity, as well as the ability to mobilise your ideas and concepts.

KDB113 Dance Studies

This unit will give you an introduction to the diverse field of dance studies. Through encountering relevant theory, reflecting on recorded dance performances, and participating in physical dance analysis activities, the unit will equip you with critical frameworks through which you can interrogate various aesthetic codes and relevant issues relating to dance in a variety of historical and cultural contexts. This will involve a range of perspectives including dance analysis, writing from practising choreographers and dancers, historical and cultural contextualisation, gender issues, racial diversity, and social dance. These understandings are an integral part of a wide range of pursuits within the dance industry including those of the performer, choreographer, and critic, as well as useful to other Creative Industries' disciplines.

KDB123 Dance Legacies

This unit will introduce you to the dance legacies that underscore dance practice. In the history of Western Arts, a number of key philosophies may be identified including romanticism, classicism, modernism, postmodernism and metamodernism, some of which are also evident in the arts of other cultures. In dance, they led to the formation of aesthetic codes that in some cases are still very much in operation in the dance industry. These will be further contextualised in relation to Indigenous Australian dance and the wider Asia Pacific region. Through encountering relevant theory and reflecting on live and recorded dance performances, you will be supported to critically interrogate how these legacies continue to inform current practices.

KDB222 World Dance

This unit aims to develop your sensitivity, curiosity, and knowledge of cultural diversity and protocols, through participating in dance styles from around the world and learning about their contexts. Through practical classes you will gain an experiential understanding of the dance styles, which will be contextualised through lectures and reflective practice strategies. The new generation of twenty-first century global citizens needs to be agile in the understandings and skills necessary to negotiate cultural difference if they are to contribute to creating peaceful communities. In this unit, participating in dance styles from around the world and learning about their contexts, provides an opportunity for you to develop these attributes.


DYB121 Introducing Design Fabrication

This introductory hands-on unit explores concepts, skills and methods required to prototype and fabricate physical objects from your design ideas. Designers need to consider the capabilities of fabrication, associated processes and equipment, and materials available to produce a physical prototype of their design ideas. From this perspective, design fabrication is problem centric and requires a rationale behind the choice of materials and processes, an understanding of the quality of the fabrication outcome as part of an iterative process or for its temporal qualities for concept evaluation, as well as consideration of the ethics of fabrication. The foundational design fabrication skills acquired in this unit will be further developed in subsequent design units in the program.

DYB122 Design Visualisations

This unit Introduces you to design visualisation practice and how to employ a variety of techniques to visualise design ideas to assist you in design thinking, research, communication and presentation.

DYB123 Emerging Design Technology

This unit introduces you to existing and emerging technology and how it applies to design. In this unit you will learn about how technology is used in the design process and to design solutions. Designers need to be familiar with technology to aid them in the design process as well as being able to create products that take advantage of emerging technologies.

DYB124 Design Consequences

Design Consequences is a foundational unit employing historical, theoretical, and applied methods to explore the ways in which design influences and is influenced by cultural traditions and practices, beliefs and biases. Working across frames of past, present and future, you will learn how to critically engage with and draw upon these cultural factors and influences to shape and define your design work and practice. The twenty-first century presents designers with a challenging context characterised by the increasingly dramatic effects of climate change, growing levels of inequality, and destabilised geopolitical conditions. This unit will introduce you to a range of ideas, methods, and approaches necessary to understand design not only as products, environments, services and experiences but also as a social, cultural, political, and economic agent.

Digital media

CCB101 Media Issues and Debates

This introductory unit addresses key concepts, myths, controversies and debates surrounding the relationship between media and contemporary society. The media and communication theories and ideas about the role of communication in contemporary society and culture are foundational for communication professionals. The unit aids you to critically examine topics such as the relationship between media content and violence, and how media may or may not affect social behaviours. In doing so, the unit investigates the historical foundations, cultural context and factual accuracy of a series of ‘common sense’ arguments regarding how different kinds of media have or have not affected the way our society functions. The unit provides a critical approach to media scholarship about the role of media in society that underpins more advanced units such as Social Media, Self and Society and Communication Research Methods.

CCB102 Multi-Media Design

Visual communication techniques are essential in capturing the attention of an increasingly visually literate society. Understanding how to design well is growing in importance in a society that is time poor and overloaded with competing sources of media. You will learn how to apply design theory in a variety of visual communication contexts relevant to the journalism, media and communication industries. You will gain an understanding of the role of design as a communication tool in a variety of outputs including newspapers, magazines, online publications and other integrated communication resources. It introduces the theory of design, its formats, the use of desktop publishing software, the principles of typography and design and the development of stakeholder relationships (photographers, printers etc.).

CCB203 Strategic Speech Communication

This unit addresses the theory and practice of speech and interpersonal communication. It introduces theories of language, rhetoric and persuasion which are interrelated to promote understanding and development of your communication skills. Classroom practice in simulated work situations will enhance the leadership abilities needed to become articulate presenters in a range of contexts, including personal presentations both live and mediated. The ability to present a spoken message is a highly desirable skill in education, employment and life. Across a range of fields and professions, graduates will have many opportunities to speak a message in different modes. Taking an audience-centred approach to speaking, this unit focuses on creating and analysing persuasive messages. The unit is designed to assist you in becoming an effective oral communicator and discerning listener.


KRB120 Scenography 1: Introducing Performance Design

This unit will introduce you to scenography through a study of key historical shifts, foundational concepts and techniques in live performance design. 'Scenography' is the art of creating performance environments incorporating elements such as set, sound, light, new media and costume within space; driven by a performance text; and shaped by the performer and director for a live audience. This unit covers the evolution of scenography for theatre, dance and opera; and how these developments continue to influence contemporary performance design. KRB120 is ideal for students interested in designing, directing/choreographing, managing, performing and/or technically facilitating live works. The unit introduces a broad range of design techniques, technology and terminology used in contemporary performance practice. As the first unit in the Scenography minor, this foundation unit serves as preparation for more detailed and practical investigation in subsequent units.

KTB110 Plays that Changed the World

This unit investigates theatre and performance from Greek Theatre to Postmodernism and embraces socio-cultural/political/historical perspectives. It provides foundations in academic writing skills as required in the discipline of drama. It addresses the major movements in the evolution of performance in theatrical history while encouraging critical enquiry, debate and research through study and performance of seminal plays that shaped theatre. An understanding of the evolution of the theatrical form and its relationship with contemporary contexts is vital to a sound knowledge of performance. The facility to identify theatre traditions, the key junctures in the progress of content and form, and the advancement of theatre as an art-form, is foundational to the contemporary practitioner.

KTB111 Acting in Realism: The Authentic Actor

This unit surveys the theoretical and practical components of Stanislavski-based realism which strives towards authenticity. It focuses on the critical and creative theories and techniques needed to cultivate authenticity, imagination and emotion-awareness. Authenticity is the foundation for building and portraying characters for the performing artist. A combination of exercises and scene study will deepen the understanding and playing of action in the realistic mode. Stanislavski-based realism is arguably the most dominant style of acting in twentieth and twenty-first century practice. As such, it needs to be understood in its own terms. Therefore, in this unit you will be encouraged to learn to appreciate the basic construct of the actor craft, your relationship with your emotional interior, and the key concepts and language used to create an authentic performance as the basic skills needed to develop a personal methodology for acting.

KTB120 Diverse Theatre Practice

This unit addresses artistic practices and narratives that, for historical, societal or political reasons, have struggled to find a safe place and a voice in our cultural landscape. Through direct engagement and individual self-reflection, the unit will provide foundational knowledge of the sensitivities of practice and protocols to enhance communication and appropriate professional conduct when collaborating with artists from diverse backgrounds and cultures. An appreciation of how performance and story manifest across distinct cultural boundaries and history is essential for a comprehensive understanding of theatre practice in the 21st century. Theatre practitioners require an awareness of cultural practices and protocols, and understanding of the multiplicity and complexity of a diverse, globalised world, to ensure the voice of Australian theatre reflects a true picture of contemporary society.

KTB121 Acting in Style: The Responsive Actor

This unit engages theoretically and practically with interaction, reaction, participation and co-creation in non-realistic approaches to acting with emphasis on the different styles of comedy. The critical and creative theories and techniques needed to cultivate self-awareness, other-awareness, play and improvisation in acting in different styles, constitute the central focus of the unit. The basic premise of performance is sharing the conspiracy of theatre with the creative collaborators, fellow performers and, most importantly, the audience. Being comfortable with the uncertainty of the live act and empowered by its dynamism and ephemerality are key aspects of the development of the responsive actor. A combination of exercises and scene study will deepen the understanding and playing of action in the comedic mode.

KTB217 Story and Performance

This unit introduces concepts and techniques needed to develop storytelling and script writing skills, in a range of contexts including live performance. It develops professional dramaturgical proficiency in research, analysis, reflection and the giving and receiving of feedback. An understanding of storytelling forms and the development of scripts are fundamental communicative tools for artists. This unit introduces a suite of professional practice skills-sets, including understanding traditions of First Nations’ storytelling; dramaturgy in performance-making and writing for performance.

KTB225 Radical Theatre Forms

This unit develops an appreciation of theatre innovation in both historical and contemporary contexts. It addresses concepts attributed to postdramatic theatre, immersive theatre forms, theatre as a hypermedium, and audience-centred work. Throughout history theatre has responded to changes within society and has developed styles that have reinterpreted and reinvented the notions of character, tension, audience, site, time and narrative. One way to understand new and radical theatre styles is to investigate the historical and contemporary contexts that are shaping current theatrical practice. These practices give rise to theatre that is responsive to site, places the audience at the centre of the experience and engages with non-linear narrative form. Understanding this enables theatre-makers to develop informed choices about where to locate, describe and promote their practice and product. This unit explores forms that reinvent notions of audience, narrative, space and linear time.

KTB227 Leadership in Creative Contexts: Directing Creativity

This unit investigates notions and functions of leadership in the fields of theatre, drama and performance. Through engaging with models of directorial best-practice and examining influential practitioner-leaders, you will unpack the process of leading creativity from both a collaborative and personal perspective, with the aim of achieving a unified creative vision. Whether within conventional hierarchical structures or collaborative models, delivering creative outcomes requires not only knowledge of the personal, logistical and artistic processes of creation, but also an understanding of the processes to safely navigate from concept to fullest expression.

Entertainment industries

CDB101 Managing Media and Entertainment

This unit develops a critical understanding of the social dimension of work in the media and entertainment industries. It introduces core concepts and debates, analytical frameworks, and the professional practices necessary to understand and employ effective management principles in the media and entertainment industries. The unit looks at management theories and practices, and how the often social and collaborative mode of work in the media and entertainment industries shapes managerial identities, roles and strategies. It also provides you with a broad overview of what obstacles and challenges to expect, such as managing teams and collaboration within and across diverse contexts in a rapidly evolving industry environment. Ultimately, it develops a solid theoretical foundation, essential for media and entertainment professionals that you will apply to authentic project management activities later in your course.


DFB102 Introduction to Fashion Communication

This unit provides an introduction to fashion communication and is intended to provide foundational knowledge and skills to pursue further studies in fashion communication. It aims to develop your understanding of fashion as both an everyday cultural form and a complex global industry. Learning in this unit will be important in order to gain an overview of the global fashion system and fashion cultures. You will develop and practise foundational fashion communication skills alongside learning how to apply key theoretical ideas to understanding fashion. This unit will provide you with the conceptual basis to pursue further studies in fashion communication.

DFB104 Fashion Sustainability

This unit is in the developmental stage of the program and provides you with a foundational knowledge of environmental and social impacts of fashion production and consumption. Throughout the unit you will examine the environmental and social impact of different industry business models, materials and production methods in order to develop the skills and mindset to apply more sustainable practices. It also introduces fashion systems as complex supply chains spanning raw fibre through to manufacturing, design, retailing and garment use, disposal systems at end of life, fibre and textiles, industry structures, and business models grounded in sustainable and ethical practices.

DFB208 Fashion Textiles and Technology

This unit provides you with knowledge and skills in applied textile design and technology exploring avenues in speculative design into textile futures. By learning about the technologies involved with textile production you will be able to understand and forecast future design and technology trends that involve textile processes in the wider spectrum. This unit will be presented in an integrated studio environment. As such, it will focus on textiles, materiality and technology. You will be given the opportunity to design experimental textiles in line with industry trends and challenges.

DFB209 Global Fashion History

This unit introduces the foundations of fashion history through a global perspective of trade, culture and style flows between the West and the East. It presents a new approach to the study of fashion history as an exchange between cultures taking a critical and interdisciplinary approach to provide you with the opportunity to build your fashion knowledge in a context of complex global cultural and commercial exchanges in fashion. In doing so it unravels competing cultural and political discourses of dress in colonial contexts recognising the multiple sites that contributed to the emergence of fashion and the influences and impact that these global sites had on local fashion. The unit presents instances of colonisation and resistance through dress, including an Australian Indigenous perspective. It provides you with skills in written and oral communication, research and visual analysis; and, importantly, it will help you to identify and understand current influences and future directions in contemporary fashion design.

Film, screen & animation

KNB125 Animation History and Context

This introductory unit addresses key historical moments, thinking, and practices that have shaped the animation industry. Animation involves a broad range of creative approaches in the production of expressions for the dynamic screen practice. Animation in its truest form conveys believability, often fabricated through frame by frame construction. This knowledge will enable you to progress into units such as KNB135 Animation Aesthetics and KNB215 Animation Performance.

KNB126 Motion Design

This unit introduces aspects of visual narratives and explores the craft of expressing them in a sequential temporal format. The richly diverse field of motion design impacts a wide range of creative areas with fields such as graphic design, animation, visual effects, sequential art, film and games all offering opportunities in motion design. Motion Design has evolved to be more than 'graphics presented in motion'. With the advent of technology, applications and methods for creating them has rapidly expanded into a new form of visual communication, visual effects, infographics and visual artworks. The unit provides an understanding of motion design processes, theories and historical developments. It enables you to effectively design and communicate ideas using graphical and motion-based elements constructed using software and technologies common to the field of motion design.

KNB127 CGI Foundations

This unit introduces the foundations of 3D computer graphics theory, the history of computer-generated animation and 3D production methods. It provides a solid theoretical understanding of 3D space; the technical skills to create 3D computer-generated imagery and the ability to resolve issues that arise during 3D production. In the evolving fields of animation, games and graphical visualisation, you will acquire new literacies and skills to participate fully in the 3D computer graphics production process.

KNB135 Animation Aesthetics

This unit introduces basic to medium level techniques of 3D character animation by investigating the fundamental principles, concepts and approaches to body mechanics and character performance. The focus is on developing an understanding of methodology, planning and execution in order to achieve a sense of physicality and believability. When creating animated content for production, it is important to develop a solid methodology that allows an animator to work quickly and creatively while maintaining an acceptable level of quality. Being able to take direction and creatively respond to a brief while finding the best way to communicate an idea to an audience is a core skill that takes time to develop. The core communication skills of illustration, motion, blocking and layout follow industry standards in pre-production and are required for the generation and presentation of ideas, as well as the exploration of form and character.

KNB136 Visual Storytelling: Production Design

Animation is the art of impossible worlds, requiring a broad base of skills that address the nexus of theory and practice. Core animation skills such as observation, meaning-making, description, interpretation, representation and recording synthesise the foundations laid through critical thinking and affiliated practice. This unit explores the theoretical context for the use of techniques and processes involved in the development of concepts for production. It also introduces some of the drawing skills and processes employed in the visual development phase for animated, live-action production, motion media and games. It addresses design thinking, concept art, character design and modelling, in anticipation of production work. This unit provides a solid foundation for subsequent visual storytelling units, such as KNB216 Visual Storytelling: Cinematic Pre-Visualisation and KNB226 Visual Storytelling: Pre-Production, which inform final year capstone project.

KPB101 Introduction to Screen Production

This unit introduces the principles and technologies of video production for both cinema and television, such as the roles and responsibilities of production teams, production management, design and practice. Lectures by experts in the areas of producing, directing, and cinematography, editing and sound will inform your practice. As the contemporary mediascape simultaneously converges and diversifies technologically and in market applications, there is a growing demand for new content with correlating skill sets in media production. Drawing on production processes and methodologies established in film, video and television, this unit will introduce you to content production both generated and outputted through new media technologies. Skills, knowledge and approaches will be drawn from the fields of scriptwriting, pre-production, production management, direction, producing, camera, sound, editing and post-production.

KPB113 Screen Text Analysis

This unit considers Hollywood and independent film and television text forms, the industry processes that produce these texts, and the audiences that consume them. It introduces key textual analysis techniques to examine screen texts, while taking into account industry and audience contexts. Film and television text production is both an art-form and a business. Therefore, critically informed textual analysis approaches that examine the values, meanings and messages constructed by screen texts are valued by screen practitioners, critics, and educators.

KPB116 Introduction to Screenwriting

This unit introduces various principles, elements and stages that make up the scriptwriting process for narrative production. Skills needed to generate and select ideas, write synopses, and draft scripts will be developed through studying and applying the key creative components of writing for the screen. The unit addresses principles of storytelling, industry standards and practical skills involved in developing projects for narrative productions within film, television and other media. The focus is on how to develop ideas, create engaging characters, and construct scenes for visual mediums. Writing scripts for a range of screen media formats is a learned craft and requires discipline, perseverance, and an understanding of industry practice. Possessing this key knowledge provides capabilities to develop concepts through to script stage.

KPB120 Contemporary Screen Histories

This unit engages with contemporary screen productions and the ways in which they look and sound. It assists you to develop an appreciation of the artistic and cinematic production practices of key individuals and studios. The styles of recent screen productions (how they look and sound) are the result of past and contemporary creative innovations associated with key individuals, production houses, and studios over an extended period of time. This unit considers the styles of screen productions such as motion pictures as being the result of evolving production practices, technological developments, individual and collaborative creative endeavours, and audience expectations.

KPB121 Screen Business

This unit provides an introduction to producing, writing and the theoretical aspects of the movie, television and new media businesses. The production and distribution of screen-based audiovisual material is a significant global industry. In order to properly understand the cultural impact of this content it is important to understand how it functions as an industry. This is important both for those who intend to work in these businesses, and for those who are interested in understanding how cultural and creative business works. Apart from introducing media business, the unit provides an understanding of the importance of researching the expectations and desires of audiences in order to create commercial products designed to entertain, inform or educate.

KPB220 Factual Screens

This unit introduces the traditions of documentary film and television production, stylistic practices in documentary and documentary scripts, and methodologies for producing ethnographic, indigenous and cross cultural documentaries. Understanding the role documentary performs in our media age provides a crucial literacy to this film forms. You will be exposed to the history and theory behind documentary, enabling you to conceptualise and plan your own documentary productions and critique the place of them alongside factual and fictional forms of filmmaking in the contemporary media landscape. The documentary filmmaking tradition has involved many crucial aesthetic, technical and ethical concerns throughout history. For film, screen and animation students, this unit aids you to integrate its contents into documentary scripts and productions, while for other disciplines' students, the unit provides the theoretical underpinnings and processes of documentary production.

Industrial design

DNB110 ID Studio 1: User Centred Design

This unit introduces you to User Centred Industrial Design. It addresses visual and creative thinking within the context of the industrial design process and provides human-centred knowledge focused on usability, usability methods and evaluation techniques. You will learn how to implement physical, cognitive and emotional factors to human-centred product design, services and systems. Understanding the needs and capabilities of people is essential to the design of usable, desirable and viable products, services and systems. In order to do this you will need a solid understanding of user-centred design methods during the industrial design process and the application of form, structure, function and beauty in design.

DNB216 Wearables

This unit introduces wearable product design for the purposes of enhancing the user experience within a given context. It provides knowledge and skills to design interactive wearable products. It focuses on demonstrating the use of emerging technologies and rapid prototyping techniques for the purposes of designing wearable devices that enhance the user experience within a given context. This unit is designed as an intermediate experience of your course and as such it is desirable that you have completed design foundation units, tangible media or textiles and technology units prior to enrolling in this unit. This unit provides you with opportunities to build, develop and apply creative design proficiency in the context of wearable design and wearable technologies.

Interaction design

DXB110 Principles of Interaction Design

This unit introduces Interaction Design theories, methods, tools and applications essential for the design of digital products, services and experiences for human interaction. It enables you to undertake user experience research in response to real world briefs, critique leading industry case studies and practices, iteratively prototype solutions, and evaluate usability of the outcome with regard to user experience. Amidst global proliferation of digital products and services shaped by trends in augmented and virtual reality, automation, smart homes, and the Internet of Things; there is a greater emphasis on designing digital interactions, interfaces and systems that improve the human experience. In order to effectively achieve that, this unit provides foundational skills and knowledge in human-centred design, including aspects of the interaction design lifecycle, methods, tools and techniques needed to solve real world problems.

DXB111 Introduction to Web Design

This unit introduces concepts and skills underpinning the user-centred design of web sites using the web technologies such as HTML and CSS. It enables you to understand web technologies as a medium to explore design concepts and to build responsive, high-fidelity, mobile-first web sites. This includes translating conceptual designs into responsive websites while taking into account principles of interface and user experience design, layout, style and navigation. The unit enables you to formulate solutions to design problems, to produce high quality technical and aesthetic outcomes, and to understand the basic skills needed by web design professionals.

DXB205 Interactive Narrative Design

This unit serves as an introduction to creating immersive environments and building interactive worlds for player performance and dramatic agency. The role of the narrative designer is central to the success of any significant professional project in interactive media and game design. The unit addresses theoretical issues associated with immersive / non-linear story structures and interactive narrative forms through the analysis of game / play systems, the creation of original game concepts and the application of techniques of narrative design. It extends this understanding into practice through the application of relevant skills, which will scaffold you into the production of a portfolio work (suitable for interaction designers, visual communication designers, game designers, media designers, creative writers and performance studies).


CJB101 Newswriting

This foundational unit provides you with the understanding and skills in journalistic ways of thought, processes and practice, focusing on processes and practices that inform effective news writing. This is the first writing/reporting unit in Journalism. By adopting a hands-on newsroom approach and industry-based assessment, this unit provides a foundation for advanced and specialised professional journalistic reporting techniques. Professional journalists require these foundational knowledge and skills in order to practice in newsrooms. The unit addresses the foundations of news reporting, focusing on identifying, researching and then structuring news reports in an evolving news environment. You will learn how to recognise the fundamental attributes of news and others journalism forms; use available mobile technologies, evaluate events for their potential news value, to record interviews and perform other reporting tasks, and to write socially responsible news stories.

CJB102 Visual Journalism

This unit equips you with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to create, edit, and present visual journalism using camera-based approaches. You’ll learn about journalistic principles, equipment and camera settings, light and optics, visual literacy and aesthetics, file management and organisation, captions, image editing and sequencing. You’ll leave with a portfolio of still or moving images that demonstrate the skills you’ve learnt and the principles you’ve put into practice. You’ll become a more thoughtful visual thinker and storyteller in this unit and will have the opportunity to demonstrate technical skills and work in key genres of visual journalism, such as environmental portraiture, news photography, sports photography, and picture or video stories.

CJB103 Journalistic Inquiry

This unit addresses basic skills of newswriting: generating story ideas, researching, conducting interviews, finding news values and news angles and applying them in a practical context. It also advances generic newswriting skills, enhances writing competency and develops the use of social media and mobile technologies in journalism. As such, it develops media professionals who can generate accurate, interesting and insightful stories. It builds your capacity to independently examine issues and events from new angles, rather than uncritically complying with outside agendas, such as PR agencies, government or business. You develop your journalistic inquiry skills focusing on interviewing, data mining and right to information, and learn how they fit into an online environment. You are introduced to everyday journalism, rigorous deadlines, social media and mobile first technologies.

CJB201 Feature Writing

This unit provides advanced journalistic skills in feature writing, such as generating story ideas and new angles, researching and interviewing and writing interesting copy. Feature writing is a mainstay of journalism that practitioners cultivate during a career in this constantly evolving media space. The unit provides experience in the preparation of feature stories of professional quality and gives access to the benefits of reflection and a constructive critique of your research and writing. It aids you in producing credible non-fiction articles in a dynamic and appealing style, engaging skills that are transferable to areas outside journalism. It also provides awareness of the market for feature material for writers including freelance journalists. You are mentored to find publication opportunities in off-campus media.

CJB202 Production Journalism

Contemporary journalism increasingly requires multi-skilled practitioners able to engage and attract audiences through creatively and accurately edited content integrated with compelling visual design. This unit introduces you to the key functions of production journalism for print and digital media by teaching how to produce multimedia (video) and how to edit and design print and digital content prior to publication. It builds on foundation skills in journalism and engages you with the dynamics of visual design and the application of design theory to journalistic practice. You learn to develop material to the publication-ready stage and to apply theoretical concepts in practical contexts. You also gain an understanding of the role of layout and design as a communication tool in print and digital media.


KMB118 Musicianship 1

This unit introduces the foundational aural and analytical skills to develop your understanding of music and sound. These skills will be applied to a range of musical styles, settings and practices. The development of critical listening and analytical skills, combined with representational and demonstrational skills across a broad range of music and sound, is critical to the developing modern musician. The unit will foster a deeper understanding of music and sound to help inform and situate your creative practice. It complements other creative, practical and analytical units in the degree by fostering a deeper understanding of music and sound.

KMB119 Music Production 1

This unit introduces you to the fundamental principles of music and sound production through a mix of theory and practice. You will gain an understanding of sound recording, sound production and live sound reinforcement while developing listening skills essential for music and sound production. The unit prepares you for later music production and creation units. Understanding how to capture and manipulate sound in live and recorded domains are core skills for anyone involved in making music or in any associated creative practice that involves the use of audio. You will develop a critical and practical understanding of the physical properties of sound, how it is perceived, and how it is recorded and processed to produce a final musical outcome.

KMB129 Music Production 2

This unit builds on Music Production 1. It introduces you to sequencing, sound synthesis, and signal processing as approaches to contemporary music composition and production. You will gain an understanding of the approaches and aesthetics that underpin music production and performance in the digital domain. The unit prepares you for later music creation units.

KMB217 Music Creation 1

This unit provides skills and understanding to create new music across a range of musical practices in performance, production and composition. It introduces musical contexts and concepts to help you to better understand your practice and that of your peers within a complex professional environment, and to be better positioned and equipped to respond appropriately. Successful musicians need to form and negotiate their creative practice within a complex professional environment. They need to develop critical skills to understand their music in context and how it can be connected to an audience. This unit establishes a platform for your practical skills in the creation and presentation of new music. As the first of four units in creative practice, it provides an opportunity for you to explore and present creative ideas with peers in a professionally engaged environment.

KMB222 Music and Culture

This unit explores the way that music operates as a form of social, cultural and political communication. Drawing on interdisciplinary approaches, you will investigate and discuss the various contexts in which music circulates and is made meaningful. The unit explores traditional and contemporary music from a range of cultural contexts (including Australian First Peoples music and culture), providing opportunities to listen critically to music, while using key concepts from sociology, musicology, and cultural studies to discuss identity, culture, and the production and consumption of music. This unit is offered in the developmental stage of your course, and lays the groundwork for understanding why music exists in our lives and how it is placed in the cultural spectrum of music making and the perceived effects of globalisation and localism on music.

KMB223 Music and Media

This unit explores how music is used as a storytelling device in a range of visual media. Building upon your awareness as a media consumer and your existing technological skills, you will explore and apply techniques in interdisciplinary contexts. As methods of media content delivery change, creative practitioners are required to enact a range of media production techniques in the communication of ideas. This unit is in the developmental stage of your course and engages you with practical and theoretical approaches, exploring the techniques and contexts of music and visual media in contemporary society.

Professional communication

CWB101 Communication and Composition: Introduction to Academic Writing

This unit introduces you to the conventions and practices of academic writing. It develops an understanding of how to interpret and analyse information and to argue a case based on evidence and logic. The unit also helps build your understanding of information literacies, research skills and how to evaluate evidence. Academic writing is an essential skill that you need to succeed in your university program, as academic writing underpins assessment tasks in all university degrees. This unit is placed in your first year to ensure that you have the necessary writing skills to complete your assessment at a high standard throughout your course of study.

CWB102 Influence and Persuasion

This foundational unit provides you with the theories, techniques and practices of analysing and creating persuasive texts. It introduces the theory and practice of persuasive communication across a number of genres to enhance your writing and communication skills. Persuasion and persuasive appeals are an integral (if often unconscious) element of professional communication. Advances in technology have made persuasion a pervasive element of contemporary communication, both personal and professional. Therefore, as a professional communication practitioner, you should be able to understand the principles of persuasion, use the vocabulary of persuasion, and evaluate the efficacy of different persuasive strategies.

CWB103 Interpersonal and Intercultural Negotiation

This foundational unit introduces the wider context of cultural practices that inform communication at the individual and social levels. The unit explores how communication in the workplace and other professional contexts is influenced by factors such as power dynamics, gender, nationality, cultural norms, and ethnicity. It develops your engagement with the theories of and skills for successful intercultural and interpersonal exchange in business and professional relationships in a global context. Your career will be shaped by global forces, events, and contexts. Therefore, to be a global effective communication practitioner, you will need to see communication in the context of social and cultural norms and assumptions.

CWB110 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

This unit aims to give you the 'tools' and knowledge to critically analyse and creatively appreciate a range of texts so that you are able to enter into academic or popular discourse with an understanding of important critical concepts. It provides an introduction to key concepts in literary studies. The theories relate to ideas and terminology that you will be expected to become familiar with throughout the course of your study. You are introduced to concepts that form the basis of discussions in a range of academic discourses so that you can engage analytically with texts and their contexts. 'The 'textualisation' of the world has been an important development in twentieth century theory in the West: What are texts' What do they mean' The unit addresses these issues by providing you with an introduction to conceptual frameworks derived from some of the major critical discourses that have impacted on our world.

CWB111 Scientific and Technical Writing

This unit introduces you to the principles of writing clearly in a science-based context and to the discursive frameworks that inform scientific and technical writing. It aims to provide you with an understanding of the conventions of writing and publishing scientific and technical information and to develop skills in communicating this information for a general audience. Graduates in the fields of engineering, science and information technology are required to assess high volumes of information and to communicate key scientific and technical ideas to a general audience. As such, there are growing industry and research demands for graduates with professional writing skills that deliver clear and well-structured written information about complex material.

CWB112 Popular Culture: A 21st Century Communication Industry

This unit is designed to provide you with skills in understanding popular culture/s. It addresses the production of popular culture via a range of texts and mediums and provides you with a framework to critique the operations of popular cultures. Given the increasing discussion of the importance of popular culture in contemporary society, the unit addresses the sites of such discussions and the changing status of popular culture. The unit provides you with an understanding of the notion of ‘popular culture’ and an opportunity to consider a range of cultural productions that have engaged with this term. You will consider a range of popular culture theories and a number of texts in relation to those ideas and will gain an understanding of the position of popular culture within cultural studies discourse.

CWB113 Writing Australia

This unit aims to improve your analytical and creative, oral and written communication skills. It is important for you to understand how Australian identity has been written, rewritten and remains contested by engaging with and evaluating a range of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australian writings. This unit provides you with opportunities to read, explore, discuss and evaluate a number of classic and contemporary Australian texts. Upon completing this unit you can understand and critically interrogate texts pertinent to contemporary Australian society and culture.

CWB202 Rhetoric: Public Communication Skills

This unit provides advanced-level rhetorical tools, strategies, techniques and analytical methods related to communication in professional and workplace contexts and audiences. It builds upon prior knowledge (Influence and Persuasion) to further understand the role and function of rhetoric in contemporary society. Examples of advanced rhetoric in action are drawn from technical, political and business communication, and other fields. Rhetoric—the process of crafting written and spoken messages for specific audiences to inform, persuade, or achieve action—is a fundamental element of all forms of Professional Communication. Its practitioners need to be conversant with rhetorical topics, tools, techniques and analytical frameworks to be able to create sophisticated communication artefacts that inform, persuade and instruct depending on the specifics of audience and context.

CWB212 Shakespeare, Expert Communicator

The unit aims to provide you with an introduction to Shakespeare's plays and to acquaint you with the burgeoning Shakespeare industry: that is, the myriad appropriations of Shakespearean works that are markers of social, political or cultural change and have become, themselves, the subject of critical inquiry. A knowledge of Shakespeare's plays and the contemporary Shakespearean 'industry' is important to a range of disciplines including Education, Media/Communication, Drama/Theatre Studies and Creative Writing. The study of Shakespearean works also assists in the development of general literary and critical skills.

Visual arts

KVB102 Modernism in Art

This unit addresses concepts and movements that comprise early twentieth-century modernism in art and culture. It provides a coherent theoretical-historical knowledge of the period, 1900-1945, while fostering written, and oral communication skills, as well as building capabilities for visual analysis of art works across different media. Modernism is a crucial area of study for understanding twentieth century and contemporary art and visual culture. A proper comprehension of this period will assist you to become an informed practitioner in contemporary art, design, architecture and art writing.

KVB104 Photo Media and Art Practice

This unit develops an appreciation of the conceptual, cultural and historical contexts of photo media, addressing visual literacy, critical artistic enquiry, and the protocols related to ethical photo media practice. Photo media, which involves the use of diverse photographic processes, plays an important role in contemporary creative practices because of its pervasiveness and its application across a broad range of cultural and conceptual contexts. Photo imaging may also be the predominant mode of specific artists within a broader multidisciplinary approach to practice. This unit introduces a diverse range of contemporary artistic photo imaging concepts and methods as part of a trajectory of photographic history. It provides the opportunity to experiment with a variety of approaches to understand and create engaging and informed photo image portfolios.

KVB110 2D Art: Materials and Processes

This introductory visual art unit provides you with practical experience of two-dimensional art-making to further develop your creative practice. Through both directed and independent activities, you will explore 2D materials and processes such as wet and dry media work, collage/assemblage, printmaking and additive and subtractive processes. These practical activities will be underpinned by the application of a 2D art vocabulary. This unit forms part of a suite of visual arts units that aim to expand your creative skillset and visual literacy for application in the visual art studio and beyond.

KVB113 Australian Art and Identity

This unit introduces the history of Australian art in the 20th Century. It addresses the national, cultural and social frameworks within which this art has been produced, particularly after World War II, emphasising a number of movements and styles in Australian art and their relationship to international tendencies. The unit also considers the nature of Indigenous art and its contribution to the complexities of Australian cultural identity. All of these issues will assist in understanding that Australian art has, and has continued to be, an important expression of our cultural values. This includes the viewpoints of marginal voices from Indigenous culture and multiculturalism, and at the level of gender and sexual politics.

KVB210 Time-Based Art: Moving Images

This unit introduces the theory and practice of the moving image as an art form. It addresses ideas and languages in relation to contemporary video and filmic art and what it shares with television, cinema and other time-based media. These concepts inform the development of methods and skills in practical experience by creating moving-image artwork. The unit looks also at literacy in the meaning, formal codes and conventions of moving images in order to encourage critical and analytical thinking that can be used to effectively communicate concepts through creative practice. An expansive range of video, filmic and time-based imagery currently dominates the cultural landscape. This unit engages with the conceptual and artistic possibilities of moving images which constitute a crucial graduate capability for those committed to building a professional practice in visual meaning-making and communication.

KVB216 Post 1945 Art

This unit introduces the historical, philosophical, economic, political, social, cultural, artistic and formal issues related to art production since 1945 and into the post-modern era. It covers topics on neo-avant-garde, and art's engagement with consumerism, the philosophical underpinnings of movements such as Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Performance and Earthworks, Feminist art practice, and post-modern art and architecture. The study of these movements will assist you in understanding the history behind arts production and the styles that have been adopted by other creative industries. This unit provides a skill-base for all Creative Industries students and applies to all disciplines and cultural industries including art criticism, arts practice, architecture, landscape architecture, fashion and music. You will also increase understanding and skills that are pertinent to the study of cultural literature and visual analysis.

KVB222 Spatial Art: Object and Site

This intermediate visual art unit aims to develop your visual and spatial literacy by exploring the theory and creation of site-specific installations. Through both directed and self-directed practical activities, you will develop an engaged, spatial art practice that is grounded in the theory and practice of site-specific art and is framed by contemporary Indigenous and environmental perspectives. You will learn how to produce meaningful public artworks that are actively responsive to their site, and that can successfully engage in contemporary contexts and debates. The knowledge and skills you gain will have a rich array of applications for your subsequent creative arts practice.

KVB223 Post 1989 Art

This unit introduces key ideas and styles of art practice that have emerged since 1989 in a global economy. It develops knowledge and skills that are relevant to cultural literature and visual analysis. It furthers your expertise in problem solving, creative thinking and effective communication of knowledge in a variety of contexts and modes. As a creative industries student, it is important to possess an informed knowledge of art and culture since 1989, including the rise of the experience economy and the centrality of entertainment and post-avant-garde art in global creative industries. The concepts and knowledge gained will aid you to organise and evaluate information, synthesise research material into a coherent form, and write and verbally articulate ideas. This unit is intended to provide a foundation skill-base for you in Creative Industries and is applicable to all disciplines including art criticism, arts practice, architecture and fashion.

Visual communication

DVB101 Visual Communication Design

This unit introduces the principles and conventions associated with the interpretation and production of meaning through visual representation. Visual Communication is based on the creation of meaning through image and text and this plays a critical role in our contemporary world which is visually and media driven. Visual communicators require a deep understanding of conceptual development, design process, typography and image making, and how image-based communication occurs. You will learn how to think and operate as a visual designer through studio-based learning and a series of industry-focused experiences.

Units requiring approval

Students need specific academic background knowledge to study these units, so the faculty will assess your eligibility and determine if you’re able to take these units after you apply. We will let you know the outcome through the application portal as soon as possible.

Architecture and built environment

DAB200 Modern Architecture

This unit explores the global movement of modern architecture from its European roots. As many contemporary architects state, the movement still influences architecture and theory and this unit will enable you to locate contemporary global architecture within a framework of rich, complex and interconnected cultural, societal and historical contexts and traditions. You will acquire the facility to read seminal texts, to begin to understand your own design projects in an historical context, and to engage with the global architectural debates which inform architecture today. This unit is part of the history and theory stream in architectural studies. As an architect, you should be able to analyse developments in architectural history from multiple perspectives. Following on from DYB112 Spatial Materiality and DYB114 Spatial Histories, this unit  explores and critically examines significant issues, influential individuals and exemplary works of the modern movement.

DAB202 Architectural Design 4: Metro

This unit provides you with an ability to develop architectural designs of limited complexity with particular focus on aspects of urban context, planning and form through an understanding of site specificities, topography, urban infrastructure and the natural landscape. In particular the unit focuses on a small civic building design. It builds on prior knowledge gained in the first three design studios, but introduces a higher level of architectural thought via the practice of formalism in architecture, involving established aesthetic concepts of architectural object and language that underlie global architectural praxis. It also introduces urban design into the design studio thereby expanding your previous knowledge of site planning to a new level. It will teach new skills in architectural design, urban analysis, and architectural drawing, modelling and visualisation toward the formal synthesis of the architectural object in urban space.

DAB211 Environmental Principles of Architectural Design

This unit familiarises you with the basic design principles and passive strategies for heating, cooling and daylighting necessary for architectural designs that respond to human needs (human comfort), regionalism and climate. Understanding the importance of climate-responsive design and environmental factors on the design development of buildings  provides you with the tools to integrate environmental design principals in buildings. In a world of finite resources, understanding the physical phenomenon we have to deal with in design is essential for responsible professionals. Technical and scientific issues are an integral part of design projects. It is a fundamental task of architectural design to achieve maximum comfort requirements of the users while minimising energy consumption.

DAB212 Small Scale Building Construction

This unit introduces building construction principles, an essential part of the vocabulary and knowledge of an architect. It increases your understanding of applied construction technologies and materials as key concepts for design development and resolution. It examines the role of building standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in building design, including its housing provisions and associated codes for all types of buildings to achieve the requirements for building approvals. It also looks at domestic construction with emphasis on general material and structural properties of building components and systems; and common construction practices used in dwellings, single storey and class 10 buildings. Comparison of building systems and their effect on domestic building design will be explored in detail.

DAB301 Architectural Design 5: Commercial

The unit will aid you to develop architectural designs of intermediate complexity with focus on the integration of issues pertinent to commercial architectural projects that address modern technology, society and culture. This design unit expects you to start undertaking your own, independent research and project development, aiming for a real-world design environment. It builds upon design skills developed in previous units focusing on commercial architecture of industrial and mixed-use projects. Particular emphasis is placed on effective and professional communication of the design intent with the aid of digital tools. Design theory, sustainability, sociology, heritage and adaptive re-use, history and critique, as they all apply to architectural design, all form part of the content.

DAB302 Architectural Design 6: Communities

This unit will develop more complex architectural design skills focusing on ethical and sustainable design solutions and practice. This requires the synthesis of issues, ideas, knowledge, and techniques of architectural design as a holistic practice. This unit also advances understanding of the interdependencies of social, cultural, economic, and environmental dimensions at local and global levels, which are crucial to sustainable design of human settlement. Design is the core activity of architecture and the architectural design studio is a major component of the architecture course. This unit deals with synthesis and integration of knowledge and skills from various domains of knowledge into a major project(s) in an urban context. As part of the research and learning focus in the course, emphasis will be placed on the exploration and application of concepts of sustainability in the design of multi-residential and mixed used building types in local and international contexts.

DAB303 Integrated Architectural Technology

This unit develops visual communication skills previously acquired with emphasis on the ability to communicate technical intentions. Architects recognise that visualisation or communication of process, decisions and outcomes is crucial. To date, you know how to effectively communicate your architectural intentions using both analogue and digital means, skills primarily intended for the communication of design and technical aspects of buildings. However, the ability to communicate technical intentions is equally important. This unit integrates both these aspects through technical communication and documentation skills using Building Information Modelling (BIM).

DAB311 Systems and Structures

This unit addresses the qualitative influences of structural and construction systems on the design of buildings. In particular, the possibilities and limits of building structure as related to architectural intention through the use of exemplars. The unit explains how to understand and use structural and construction systems to advance the design development of medium scale commercial and public buildings that achieve sustainable outcomes. You will become familiar with various construction systems where an emphasis is placed on the criteria to be used for the selection of appropriate building systems and their associated materials.

DAB312 Building Services

This unit provides a basis to create safe, functional and comfortable buildings. It looks at the principles, equipment, and the architect’s role (building services procurement, consultation on design decision making, establishing selection criteria for systems and equipment, understanding of spatial requirements, and communication systems for medium-rise buildings). It highlights the role and direction of building consultants and the legislative requirements of building services. It also looks at the skills and knowledge to transform technical design ideas into built form through construction documentation by looking at the principles and application of building services and standards. In this unit, building services, fire safety, and building code requirements are offered as drivers of architectural design. Ultimately the unit enables you to face architectural issues and meet the requirements of the National Construction Code of Australia (NCC) for a range of user requirements.

DAH710 Architectural Design 7

Design is the core activity of architecture, and the architectural design studio is a major component of the architecture course. This advanced architectural design unit deals with synthesis and integration of architectural knowledge, construction technology, and skills from various built environment domains. It offers an advanced level investigation into the field of design as applied to architecture, with particular focus on industrial buildings and workplaces

DLB101 Landscape Studio 1

This unit is your first landscape design studio introducing you to foundational landscape design knowledge, skills and applications. You will acquire these in stages, covering a range of design principles, theories and processes which you will apply to real or simulated design scenarios. The first stage is an immersion in, and familiarisation with, understanding space and landscape architectural works, to interpret, test and represent space making and its logic. Next you will learn to apply basic design problem solving processes to articulate landscape architectural propositions in response to your interpretations. You will learn and experiment with design and discipline-specific language including application of the representational techniques. This studio prepares you for the ongoing series of landscape design studio units.

DLB102 Landscape Studio 2

This unit introduces landscape design principles, theories and processes, and their application in problem solving and articulation of landscape architectural propositions. It provides foundational skills and knowledge to develop in your ongoing landscape design studio units. Through critical thinking and experimental design propositions you will explore design principles of landscape space, materiality, scale, time and place. This unit builds on DLB101 Landscape Studio 1 and DYB111 Create and Represent: Form, inviting you to interpret wider dimensions of landscape and experiment with design development and representation.

DLB201 Landform, Technology and Techniques

This unit provides foundational landscape technology principles of landform and tectonics and processes, allowing you to understand and apply the technical manipulation of landforms as part of the landscape design process. This unit continues your development of a finer scale of design, detail and precision, including landform grading for drainage,  circulation, platforms and other functions. It extends the design knowledge from studios, technical graphic design development and communication skills developed in Create and Represent units and prepares you for the subsequent Landscape Architecture units.

DLB202 Landscape, People and Place Studio

This unit introduces a range of theories, principles and approaches to contemporary place making through site planning skills and the critical examination of how people perceive and respond to their environment, both individually and collectively. It explores theories of environment and behaviour, place-making and environmental psychology essential to the formulation of sustainable landscape design propositions. These investigations and design propositions develop your research and design communication skills and will provide an intellectually rigorous foundation for the rest of this course and for later professional practice. This unit advances your skills to research and apply design theory in the creation of places for people. It addresses key physical, psychological and cultural theories that underpin our knowledge of the reciprocal relationship between people and their environments. You will also have the opportunity to improve your design communication skills.

DLB204 Planting Design Studio

This second year unit builds on your knowledge of environmental sustainability and introduces you to scientific, horticultural and planting design principles and their application in sustainable site-based planting design, including the specific conventions of planting design communication. As such, the unit engages with the basic plant sciences (botany, ecology and horticulture) including: botanical nomenclature, morphology, plant forms, assemblages and systems, and plant cultivation requirements. You will apply this knowledge to develop and articulate sustainable site-based planting design propositions and extend your communication techniques.

DLB302 Landscape Materiality and Constructs

This unit introduces landscape structural theories, material properties, and design and construction principles and processes. Its content will help you analyse technical briefs and critically evaluate and select appropriate materials and construction techniques to formulate sustainable landscape design propositions and implementation strategies. This unit also addresses the legislative environment governing landscape construction.

DLB303 Resilient Landscapes Studio

This capstone unit builds on the critical thinking and design resolution skills that students have developed though their earlier design studios and associated units. The studio begins with students researching and presenting exemplar projects and threatened landscape case studies. This will be conducted through the framework of relevant landscape resilience theory. This research will then provide the standpoint upon which students develop design propositions to the identified problem site and/or scenario.

DLH700 Landscape Design 7

This unit applies theoretical concepts of landscape planning and landscape urbanism to sustainable landscape design and planning approaches. It explores advanced theories in landscape planning to help you conceptualise the complex social and environmental issues and policy frameworks that inform land development, and the related design and planning theories and processes such as those emerging through landscape urbanism. In a sustained semester-long project you will engage with a large-scale site and associated complex problems of planning, design and management, and independently formulate innovative and sustainable landscape planning and design propositions and implementation strategies. This unit introduces complexity and independent application of communication and presentation techniques commensurate with professional-level landscape architectural investigation and practice. The following semester unit DLH800 will build on these skills in your capstone landscape project.

DLH800 Landscape Design 8

This capstone unit aims for you to be able to apply theories of Landscape Planning and Landscape Urbanism in landscape appraisal and design development. You will undertake a sustained thesis-style project at an advanced conceptual and schematic landscape design level based on substantial independent research and rigorous design development. Understanding landscape architecture as a contextual and relational discipline, you will formulate innovative and sustainable landscape planning and design propositions and implementation strategies to balance competing social, cultural, economic, and ecological constraints and opportunities. This unit develops independent skills in investigation and practice enabling you to engage with a wide range of projects. It consolidates your individual expression of the knowledge, skills and application of landscape design principles, theories and processes developed in your landscape architecture core units to date.

DLH845 Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture

This unit introduces the legal and regulatory environment in which landscape architects operate. Design practice requires the understanding and adherence to a range of ethical, cultural, business and legal concerns and requirements. This unit provides you with the knowledge to understand and participate in professional design practice by introducing key issues in the design professions, including: the organisation and roles of the regulatory and professional bodies governing the professions; the cultural and legal context for contemporary design practice; essential skills in consultancy and construction contracts; and the ethical values and attitudes which govern professional practice. An emphasis on integrated scholarship and collaborative links with other professions will build your capacity and resilience as you transition from life as a university student to life as a beginning professional.

DLN103 Plants for Urban and Natural Systems

Plants are a key element in our landscapes and a critical component of the landscape architect's toolkit. This unit will provide an in-depth look at individual plants and plant communities that occur and are used within natural and urban systems. Understanding how plants can be used to enhance ecosystem services and green infrastructure within a variety of ecological and social conditions is critical to create resilient landscapes within the context of significant environmental change. You will learn about the functions of vegetation as related to biodiversity, drought and flooding mitigation, erosion control, carbon sequestration, evapotranspiration and cooling. 

DLN215 Studio: Advanced Practice

This unit exemplifies the dual themes of the Masters course - environmental change and social justice. Through a propositional and projective design narrative, the thesis project must demonstrate knowledge in landscape architectural design research, theories, technologies, and skills.  The convincing and holistic design project must also encompass projective practices, representational methods and techniques. Throughout the semester, you will complete a thesis that thoroughly examines a selected and approved topic that shows deep and critical engagement with the themes. You will create a project that unfolds from a clear and theoretical sustained argument to a methodically resolved project that is visually and verbally presented. The Thesis must represent a proposed intervention in the real world that could create a significant contribution to the field of landscape architecture.

DTB101 Interior Studio: Interiority

This unit introduces the principles and elements of design in the interior design context with an emphasis on dwelling and associated concepts of embodiment and interiority. Learning to design for interior design practice requires the development of coherent and advanced knowledge of design process, practice and content pertinent to the production of meaningful and socially responsive environments. This unit introduces you to this knowledge through lectures, readings, tutorials and projects that enable you to appreciate the knowledge and skills you already have that have application in design and how to enhance these with a specific focus on learning for interior design at a foundational level. The learning in this unit will be progressively developed through subsequent design units in the course.

DTB102 Interior Studio: Inhabitance

This first year Interior Architecture unit introduces the understanding of design not only as a language, but also as a spatial design activity through which you visualise your designs atmospherically and experientially. It addresses introductory concepts and approaches found in cinematic techniques and site-based research as applied to interior design. It builds on the elementary principles of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design introduced in DTB101 Interior Design 1. This unit comprises teaching activities, readings, and projects with a specific focus on learning for interior design at a foundational level. The learning in this unit will be progressively developed through subsequent design units in the course.

DTB200 Interior Access and Assemblies

This unit develops sound competency in the technical communication of commercial construction and detailing of interiors in order to apply this knowledge to project work. It provides opportunities to develop your knowledge of the information required to assemble a set of construction documents for a commercial interior design scenario. It links to other core interior design units by introducing you to the commercial sector, in particular exploring 2D and 3D digital drafting conventions and the application of building codes and standards with an emphasis on interior construction assemblies and access. This unit will develop your knowledge of the techniques and conventions required for digital documentation of technical material. It also covers the technical knowledge required to document a commercial project to meet relevant codes and standards. These are fundamental skills required by a professional interior designer.

DTB204 Interior Studio: Inclusion

This unit addresses aspects of multifunctional interiors within commercial contexts, focusing on large-scale spaces with vertical circulation as part of the greater urban social fabric. It integrates theoretical, technological, sociological and design methods to address design problems. A holistic view of the situation presented will be undertaken so that a synthesis of complex relationships can be managed. It provides you with opportunities to build on, practise and evidence your individual and collaborative sensory design process, design theory, and understanding of social urban context, which will provide a foundation for any subsequent units with more complex designs. Through the application of research-based design approaches, you will realise that complex design outcomes are multi-layered and therefore rich in meaning and significance, whilst responding to multi-function specific and realistic project requirements.

DTB205 Design Psychology

Drawing on environmental psychology relevant to spatial design, this unit provides the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the transactional nature of the relationship between people and the built environment. The unit complements the socio-cultural aspects of design addressed in the Design in Society unit providing core theoretical and technical knowledge to support evidence-based design and ethical and sustainable practice. Interior designers require an understanding of how people and the built environment engage physically, psychosocially and existentially if they are to help produce individually meaningful and socially responsive environments. They also require skills to explore person-environment interaction relevant to practice-based projects. This unit builds on introductory understandings of the nature of human engagement and inhabitation and, in so doing, prepares you to consolidate your design knowledge and skills.

DTB210 Colour and Light

This unit develops a broad and coherent understanding of colour, its psychology and complexity, and interdependence with light in the context of design theory and application in practice. As such, it introduces you to the attributes, influences and principles of implications of colour and light within the built environment. It develops broad knowledge and the skills to apply theoretical concepts relative to colour and lighting in the creation of spatial design projects. It focuses on the human response to colour and light through an understanding of the histories, theories, and methods of application relevant to two and three-dimensional environments.

DTB211 Materials, Products and Processes

This unit explores the complex nature of material and product selections to further enhance interior design project outcomes. Your knowledge of materials and products relevant to commercial interior design applications will be developed with a focus on sustainable manufacturing processes. This unit then introduces you to appropriate documentation to communicate your research and understanding to relevant project stakeholders. Specifying appropriate products for a variety of interior design scenarios is a fundamental process in the delivery of an interior design project.

DTB304 Design in Society

This unit addresses the relationships between design and everyday socio-cultural practices enabling you to apply this knowledge in contemporary designed environments analysis such as work and exhibiting environments and service scapes. It provides theoretical and analytical opportunities to develop knowledge of the way the designed world intersects with social life. These insights are crucial to the capacity of design to respond in an evidenced-based and socially responsible way to the designed world as lived and experienced. The unit reviews theories and case studies to illuminate the relationships between design and everyday practice across cultures and time and provides an opportunity to apply these insights in an analysis of a designed environment. It focuses on socio-cultural aspects of design and complements the psychologically oriented unit, DTB205 Design Psychology, while also helping consolidate your final year learning in preparation for professional practice.

DTB305 Interior Studio: Integration

This unit provides you with the opportunity to undertake a ‘real world’ design project. You will develop design methodology and undertake an informed design exploration; critically analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable and complex problems. You will refine your written, verbal and visual communication skills to present design processes and solutions at a beginning professional standard. You will develop your critical knowledge of contemporary social contexts within actual built spaces, focusing on ‘process’ and ‘solution’. The projects will address the role and relevance of research, while applying theoretical, technical, ethical and legislative constraints. Through semi-directed learning and studio delivery, the projects allow for the exploration of interior environments with an increased level of complexity and resolution. 

DTB306 Interior Systems

This advanced unit aims to develop an understanding of the relationship between design, environmental quality, access and egress and technology while developing your technical communication skills. It introduces a greater complexity in commercial interior construction, services integration and code compliance while also developing your technical documentation skills. The unit links directly to your previous studies in DTB200 and provides the necessary knowledge, skills and application required to document the construction of your designs through all of your core units. DTB306 sits at the developmental stage of your course and provides you with opportunities to develop your knowledge of services integration, digital drafting and documentation requirements in a commercial workplace application with an emphasis on meeting codes and standards relating to fire safety.

DTB310 Furniture Design and Fabrication

Furniture and its role in the built environment is fundamental to creating an enhanced user experience. This unit develops at an intermediate level your knowledge, skills and their application regarding furniture and joinery in the interior and exterior context with a specific focus on experimental design and prototype construction. It builds upon the technical issues introduced in prior design and technology units, such as design, detailing and working drawing documentation, materials and ergonomics. Through an investigation of furniture and its design, this unit introduces you to the broad base of knowledge and the well-developed skills necessary to the field of interior design. Furniture and joinery are integral elements in an interior environment aesthetically, socially and culturally. You will therefore investigate aspects of the interior environment through the design of furniture and joinery within an appropriate and authentic real world context.

DTB311 Professional Interior Practice Delivery

This unit consolidates knowledge, skills, and practical abilities to understand and participate in an interior design practice as a beginning professional. It integrates the management and technical requirements associated with operating a design practice, the organisation and roles of the regulatory and professional bodies, the cultural and legal context, and values and attitudes that govern professional practice. Interior designers require knowledge of management theory; of building contract requirements and project management; contract documentation and administration, and communication skills. This unit covers a range of ethical, cultural, legal, operational, and technical concerns related to interior design practice. It links to related stakeholders and professional disciplines, providing authentic learning opportunities.

DTH803 Professional Studies in Interior Design

This capstone unit aims to further prepare you to engage with and inform the discourse of the interior design discipline and profession in a way that is ethically and socially responsible. Assuming the role of a professional requires an attitude of service - to the client, the user and the wider community. Integral to this is attention to your own ongoing development as a professional as well as the ability to communicate proficiently within and contribute actively to the discourse of the discipline. While many of these attributes of professionalism have been addressed in your prior learning in the course, this unit provides the opportunity for a more direct focus while also providing a context for further developing and consolidating design practice knowledge and skills covered in DTH702 Interior Design Practice Studio 1.

DYB111 Create and Represent: Form

This unit introduces you to the foundational visualisation skills and applications needed to formulate design propositions such as sketching, technical drawing, simple physical and digital model-making, rendering, composition and presentation. Visualisation is a crucial part of design thinking. The ability to use appropriate techniques and media to communicate design ideas is a vital part of the design process. Designers need to conceptualise and communicate two dimensional/three dimensional forms and spatial qualities. Therefore it is important for designers to learn how to imagine, visualise and communicate these ideas effectively. The unit is paired with DYB113 Create and Represent: Materials as part of the foundation block in the first year of study that will enable you to acquire the preliminary skills required for design communication in the Spatial Study Areas. These skills will be progressively applied throughout your course.

DYB112 Spatial Materiality

This unit provides an exploration of the materials of the built environment. It will focus on a number of thematic issues of materials: their physical properties, their histories, their environmental impacts, and their applications in making architecture, interiors and landscapes. Through activities of analysis, observation and research, you will discover materials’ tectonic ability to heighten the human experience of the spatial environments around us. As such, the unit aims to foster a spirit of enquiry into the creation of spatial environments. As a foundation unit for architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture students, it offers a broad view of the spatial disciplines and the materiality of their design and creation.

DYB113 Create and Represent: Materials

This unit introduces you to the fundamentals of building materials and their representation through the development of foundation digital visualisation skills and applications and their integration with manual skills and analogue media. You will develop visualisation skills and techniques within the design process through understanding the drawing conventions associated with the representation of materials, as well as the ability to select the right visualisation technique for each phase of the design process. Visualisation and representation are crucial aspects of design thinking, with a particular emphasis on understanding the physical quality of building materials. This unit is paired with DYB112 which introduces representation techniques in the design process. In this unit you will learn to use two- and three-dimensional software applications and physical model making to present your ideas, which demonstrates an appreciation of the fundamental aspects of building materials.

DYB201 Impact Lab 3: Planet

This unit challenges you to take design-led approaches to analyse, evaluate and deliver innovative and ethical responses or design propositions. It builds upon the skills and experiences gained in the first two impact labs, introducing a new scale of investigation through the exploration of complex issues that have a global impact. You will collaboratively analyse and evaluate these issues to develop responses or design propositions that provide avenues for more sustainable and ethical behaviours or systems. This approach will allow you to consider how design methods and approaches can be used to address complex global issues such as those defined by the United Nations (, 2017).

DYN102 Research Strategies in Design

This unit is project-based and introduces students to research methods and methodologies that have relevance to designers. An understanding of research is important for design practice in order to understand existing conditions and needs, to test ideas, to understand the implications of design-decisions, to evaluate how a design intervention is used, and to anticipate changes that will need to be made. Research is critical to advancing design practice and ensuring decisions can be made based on evidence.  

DYN106 Sustainable Urban Design: Approaches and Principles

This unit explores multiple dimensions of integrated approaches and principles in urban design. It is about adding quality to products and processes related to urban spaces that shape our everyday life experiences and reinforce sustainability and landscape resilience. Participants will gain an appreciation and deeper understanding of the complex urban problems and different ways of thinking in order to respond to these multifaceted challenges and translate them into policy and design solutions. Key principles, frameworks and associated methods will be explored which enable good urban design practice that leads to socially just spaces for all.

DYN107 Decolonised Design

This unit offers the opportunity to develop a rich appreciation of Indigenous culture in Australia, exploring how this influences landscape architectural and architectural design, practice and planning. It provides an overview of Indigenous Australian history, examining what the natural environment afforded and continues to afford First Peoples, their customs and traditional land management. Students will gain an understanding of the deep connection to country that resulted from this intergenerational occupation of the Australian landscape. The unit discusses the ongoing impacts of colonisation, the responsibilities of designers working with Indigenous communities and what design ethics and landscape resilience mean for working in Indigenous contexts. The notion of relationships built on trust and respect is fundamental to learnings in this unit. International literature and design case studies will be presented throughout the unit.

DYN211 Studio: Communities

This is a studio based design unit, with a cohort comprising students of both the Masters of Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs. Your skills in designing highly resolved design propositions that address critical real-world scenarios will be developed via intensive collaborative processes within the design studio. Here, transdisciplinary collaborations and industry-led scenarios simulate the opportunities and constraints of professional practice and how these play out across the project lifecycle. With a focus on designing with disadvantaged communities and underpinnings of social justice principles, you will conduct design-led research while working jointly with others from outside your discipline area to create new conceptual, theoretical, methodological and translational propositions that integrate and move beyond conventional discipline-specific boundaries and approaches. 

PMN601 Projects and Performance

This unit will provide you with tools and techniques to design and analyse performance benchmarks in dynamic project environments that can be implemented across different disciplines. The changing dynamics of workplace and emerging performance indicators make performance measurement and management a key issue in modern project management practice. The comprehensive review of project performance guidelines will be followed by specific analytical tools to enable students to have hands-on experience with complex management problems. Lastly, due to the dynamic nature of the topic, you will conduct limited research into emerging performance indicators such as sustainability that compliments the traditional cost and schedule compliance, and new analytical tools afforded.

PMN602 Organisations and Projects

This unit will provide you with advanced skills and knowledge to manage organisational and human resources issues required to achieve outcomes critical for the success of a project. The unit will focus on the aspects of project governance, organizational culture, organizational development and change, high performance teams and leadership in organisations. It will provide the understanding of effectively leading and managing project teams and their performance while managing constraints in time, cost and quality, as well as social, political and environmental influences.

PMN603 Project Investigation 1

Problems that confront Project Managers are ill-defined and complex. Problem identification, evidence-based literature searching, research design and planning and effective communication through reports and presentations are essential attributes of the modern Project Manager. This unit provides you with the knowledge of applied and evidence-based methods to critically appraise and solve discipline-specific real world problems and effectively communicate processes and solutions verbally and in writing. This unit will also assist you in the development of clearly-defined questions and techniques to plan and execute an applied project of your own design in PMN606 Project Investigation 2.

PMN604 Strategy and Projects

This unit explores the detailed links between the organisational business strategy and the projects, programs and portfolios delivered by organisations. It teaches you how to use tools and techniques to extract maximum value from the program and portfolio that organisations espouse to, hence developing strategies for delivering optimal benefit for both client and provider organisations. This unit builds on a sound understanding of project and business lifecycles and informs program and portfolio planning and development activities. Teaching and learning approaches ensure that the skills acquired are applied by engaging in a range of real-world case-studies and through the development and delivery of your own project strategies and reports. This will help you to develop optimal programs and portfolios for a client or provider business, by extracting maximum value from these through linking and aligning these to your business strategy.

PMN605 Strategic Project Procurement

This unit identifies the optimal procurement strategy for a project. It takes a strategic approach and positions procurement in the project lifecycle. It also provides the detail required to be an effective client or tenderer for projects. A broader range of procurement strategies and contract forms are now available to the market and clients and providers need to understand the risk profiles of each of them before entering into such contracts. The tools and techniques required are not the same for every contract and so both clients and providers must be prepared with both systems and suitably qualified people. It builds on a sound understanding of projects and the project lifecycle and informs the project risk assessment and risk allocation for the project.

PMN606 Project Investigation 2

Problem definition, evidence-based literature searching, applied research, reflective practice and effective communication of solutions through reporting are essential attributes of the modern Project Manager. This unit enables you to plan and execute an independent and applied research project addressing a relevant real world problem in a related project management discipline area and effectively communicate processes and solutions in a reflective way. It provides an opportunity to individualise your studies by concentrating on a specific problem and build on the applied, evidence-based research skills and knowledge you have gained in PMN603 Project Investigation 1.

PMN607 Strategic Risk Management

This unit takes a strategic approach to risk in the project and business lifecycles. A broader range of risk management frameworks are now available and clients and providers need to understand the features of each before any implementation. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit contribute to effective identification, analysis, evaluation and treatment of risk to the project and the organisation in an integrated way. This unit builds on a sound understanding of risk and opportunities in projects to inform decision-making and the project and program risk allocation between client and provider. Teaching and learning approaches ensure that the skills acquired are applied.

PMN608 Managing the Project

The purpose of ’Managing the Project’ is to integrate your learnings from the other units that you have studied in the MPM in order to plan, manage and execute a major and complex programme comprising multiple and related projects within a topical case study involving a real-world styled venture.  ‘Managing the Project will occur within robust governance and assurance settings, which will guide the programme and projects through a well-defined stage-gate process, into commissioning and hand-over, and finally benefits realisation after the transition to business as usual.  In ‘Managing the Project’, you will develop and acquire practical programme/project management experience in a ‘real-world styled’ venture within an authentic learning environment.  

UXB113 Measurement for Construction

This unit is predominantly concerned with the activities undertaken by construction cost management professionals in preparing Bills of Quantities (BQs) for construction work of a simple nature. It teaches you to how formally measure to BQ items for residential and small commercial building works in accordance with the Australian Standard Method of Measurement in the context of the tendering/procurement process. The unit also provides a basic appreciation of virtual building graphical models as they relate to integrated practice concepts used in industry, by way of the graphical representation and spatial relationships of digital building models, and an introduction to cost management/building area measurement. The unit is an integral part of the Quantity Surveying-Cost Engineering degree, in linking with foundation units in construction technology and preparing you for further advanced units in building and infrastructure measurement and construction estimating.

UXB114 Integrated Construction

This is a foundation unit integrating residential/ small commercial construction processes in a collaborative digital environment by utilizing building information modelling and related technology. The ability to use building information modelling and related technology in construction processes in a collaborative digital environment involving a project team from different disciplines is important to work in the industry. This unit prepares you for UXB211 Building Services and other units.

UXB210 Commercial Construction

This is a fundamental construction management unit that provides you with extensive theoretical knowledge to understand concepts, principles, and construction techniques and procedures to commercial construction. It critically evaluate projects in terms of procurement, constructability, construction methodology, planning, scheduling techniques and site organisation. The ability to manage and supervise the construction process of a cross section construction types such as low rise residential apartment buildings and commercial and industrial buildings is an essential requirement for construction management professionals. The  knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to both construction management and quantity surveying and cost engineering and build upon earlier units in residential and integrated construction, building services, preparing you for further advanced units in design for structures and high-rise construction management.

UXB211 Building Services

This foundational construction management unit focuses on fire, mechanical and electrical services in preparation for further advanced units in Commercial & High-rise Construction and Sevices and Heavy Engineering Measurement. It introduces fire detection, suppression and control; building hydraulic services including water supply, hot and cold water reticulation, stormwater, and sanitary waste disposal systems; types of ventilation; air-conditioning systems and heating and installation procedures; electrical transformers, mains, sub-mains, switchboards, protection devices, power and lighting systems, data, communication, and security systems; systems monitoring; and energy management and efficiency. You will learn how to interpret building services drawings; evaluate services systems; apply calculation methods to critically analyze building services elements and propose solutions to related problems.

UXB213 Advanced Measurement for Construction

Measurement is a core skill and attribute among building and infrastructure professionals, particularly important in relation to the production of descriptive and quantified documents within the design cost management process for the purposes of tendering, estimating and construction cost management practices within the construction and infrastructure sectors. This unit develops a deeper appreciation of the measurement of more complex work sections and trades and the development and application of suitable and accurate construction cost management documents in a concise and systematic manner. More advanced strategies will be explored with virtual building graphical models as they relate to integrated practice concepts used in industry. This unit builds on the measurement attributes developed in the first year studies and prepares you for further advanced units in Services & Heavy Engineering Measurement, construction estimating and other Cost management areas.

UXB220 Services and Heavy Engineering Measurement

This unit develops deeper knowledge, skills and application of the measurement of more complex areas of services and heavy engineering including building services (hydraulics, drainage, mechanical and electrical) and heavy engineering works within the resources and infrastructure sectors. It builds on units previously undertaken in the earlier years of the course such as the Measurement of Construction, Heavy Engineering Sector Technology and Building services.

UXB230 Site Planning

The objective of this unit is for you to learn, practice and apply site planning processes, techniques and skills on a selected project site. Topics include information retrieval, site appraisal and analysis techniques, constructive critique, and presentation skills.

UXB231 Stakeholder Engagement

This is a core planning unit that will address the theory, principles and methods for effective stakeholder engagement in planning processes. It introduces when and how to use different engagement methods to address planning conflicts and gain important practical experience in stakeholder engagement.

UXB233 Planning Law

You will be provided with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the basic political, policy, and legislation essential for planning professionals, whether they work in the public or the private sector, and the capacity to apply this understanding to basic development assessment related problems. Your capacity to understand the law as it relates to the regulation of development and the planning of infrastructure is integral to being a built environment professional. Your grounding in the legal framework surrounding planning and development is an important aspect of professional development,  particularly with respect to employment that requires skills related to development assessment, and urban policy development.

UXB330 Urban Design

This unit is generally taken by third year students and builds on concepts from earlier planning units in QUT’s planning course. In this unit you will study the dimensions of urban design and learn techniques in urban design and public space analysis to produce informed urban design strategies that respond to the social, economic, environmental and political context of contemporary Australian cities. Urban designers work with a variety of public and private stakeholders and confront a range of issues that impact urban development outcomes. An understanding of the influences on urban design decisions is necessary to prepare you to work in this context.

UXH300 Research Methods for the Future Built Environment

According to the Australian Institute of Builders (2017), built environment professionals must be able to identify and critically evaluate a broad range of sources of complex information, to inform proposed courses of action and “challenge established positions using evidence and reasoning.” This emphasis on innovation and communication also is advocated for by the Planning Institute of Australia (2019) and the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (n.d.). UXH300, sitting within the second semester of your penultimate year of studies, emphasises critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and introduces a range of methods used in research.  UXH300 is a pre-requisite for the two semester UXH400 sequence. In the UXH400 sequence, you will apply skills developed in UXH300, along with knowledge gained throughout your course, to design (UXH400-1) and implement (UXH400-2) a capstone research project under the guidance of an academic mentor.

UXH310 High-rise Construction

This unit covers the construction of high-rise buildings – generally buildings above 12 storeys high. The major differences from other buildings lie in the impact of increased height on design and construction processes, with structural systems, services and safety being the most significant. The topics covered include: •%emsp;demolition; •%emsp;temporary services; •%emsp;deep excavations and foundations; •%emsp;retention and shoring systems; •%emsp;general engineering of structural components; •%emsp;multilevel formwork systems; •%emsp;selection of construction methods and equipment; •%emsp;interaction of building components, systems and services; •%emsp;common building faults and failures and rectification; •%emsp;external cladding systems; •%emsp;general cost planning relevant for high rise construction.   This unit builds upon the principles and theory learnt in Commercial Construction, Designing Structures, and Building Services.

UXH311 Contract Administration

This unit develops knowledge, skills and application in the administration of construction type contracts which represents one of the core applications for construction managers, quantity surveyors and cost engineers. To gain an appreciation of the commercial implications of contract administration you will study administrative implications for both parties to the contract. It links to the work previously undertaken in the earlier years of the course such as Introduction to Law and Commercial Construction and prepares you for the final semester projects.

UXH312 Construction Legislation

This unit introduces the Australian statutory requirements, building laws and legal frameworks that regulate building works and construction activities to provide a broad understanding of how the mandatory technical requirements dictate the selection of the  materials, construction elements, facilities and services in buildings. It articulates the potential risks and issues associated with non-conformance and non-compliance and their impact on project cost, time, and quality. The ability to identify, assess and resolve issues of non-compliance in relation to the application of National Construction Code (NCC), relevant building act, Australian Standards and associated legislative frameworks is critically important to achieve the minimum necessary performance requirements of buildings in relation to health, safety, amenity and sustainability. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to building professional practice in all areas of the built environment.

UXH321 Cost Planning and Controls

This unit applies the fundamental principles of cost management including design and construction cost planning (pre-construction) and project controls (during construction), including important techniques in managing project cost in the context of working closely in multidisciplinary teams. It covers cost management in both building and non-building sectors (for example, civil engineering and resource sectors).

UXH331 Environmental Planning

This unit increases your understanding of environmental analysis and planning issues, policies, and methods, aiming to prepare you for incorporation of environmental objectives and constraints in professional practice. In this unit you will engage in dialogues on contemporary environmental dilemmas, exploring ethical and practical aspects which underpin conflict. You will further refine skills acquired in site analysis units by learning to create and modify spatial models to facilitate collaborative problem-solving. These skills will aid in preparations for final year planning studio units as well as professional practice.

UXH410 Strategic Construction Management

This fourth year unit in the Construction Management (CM) course builds on the basic and intermediate knowledge, skills and understanding already gained in earlier units of the course. The unit is set within the real-world scenario of a medium-sized construction company that is planning to locate into a new and emerging sector of the Australian construction market and also trying to improve business growth and profitability. The learning in this unit is provided by study and practice using real-world case-studies and tools and techniques, some within a computer-based setting, that simulate the challenges, problems, issues and solutions that students will face in CM practice in the workplace.

UXH411 Programming and Scheduling

This unit develops your knowledge, skills and resource planning techniques in the process of time management. Controlling time and resources is an essential task in construction project management. This unit provides students an understanding in time management and real world practical skill sets in preparing project programs. This unit occurs in the final year of your course as it consolidates skills you have develped in the area of construction and project management.

UXH420 Risk Management in the Energy and Resources Sectors

This fourth year unit in the Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering course builds on the basic knowledge, skills and understanding already gained in UXB120 and UXH321. The unit is set within the real world scenario of the  Heavy Engineering/ Capital intensive/Resources sectors, and relates to facilities management and procurement within the Engineering and Construction Management cost controls (capital expenditure/project controls) and procurement areas. It links to work previously undertaken in Introduction to Heavy Engineering Sector Technology, Cost Planning & Controls and Contract Administration and provides opportunities to undertake further research within the final year capstone projects. The learning in this unit is provided by study and practice usin real world case-studies and tools and techniques, some within a computer-based setting, that simulate the challenges, problems, issues and solutions that students will face in the QS & CE practice in the workplace.

UXH430 Planning Theory and Ethics

This is a foundational theory and ethics unit that prepares students for planning practice and the dilemmas they will face as a professional. The substantive and procedural theories that inform how and why we plan provides a bases to justify planning in private and public practice. An appreciation of diverse views and disciplinary insights that are reflected in alternative theories of planning assists students to be able to articulate their own personal philosophy of planning and the importance of ethical behaviour and codes in professional practice.

UXH431 Urban Planning Practice

Urban planners collaborate within project teams to find and implement solutions to complex contemporary issues. In this unit, we will simulate a planning consultancy with a local government client to provide strategic directions to guide the future development of a specific geographic area. You will work in small groups to prepare a proposal or a strategic planning consultancy and develop a strategic plan, relying upon a set of staged steps and support from teaching staff and industry partners. As final year urban and regional planning students, you have developed the technical and communicative skills required to undertake this work throughout your course and professional practice placements but will need to invest significant time and collaborate effectively to produce high-quality deliverables.

UXH432 Community Planning

This unit provides opportunities for acquiring, refining and applying knowledge of and skills in community planning. The unit introduces planning techniques and urban theory applicable to communities that define successful community planning initiatives. Gaining skills to confidently apply community planning techniques in urban planning is critical for a planning practitioner whether working in public or private sector. This unit discusses principles of community planning, the relationships of community planning to community development, issues of power and participation in the planning processes, and the linkages and tensions between local and professional knowledge in planning and policymaking. The unit also helps in gaining knowledge and skills in understanding key community planning theories and concepts, and in applying methods and analysis to identify and respond to complex community issues.

UXH433 Regional Planning

You will learn to focus and apply material from a wide range of disciplines and locations to understand and develop current regional and metropolitan policy and apply the knowledge of policy formulation and skills of analysis and synthesis to real world problem-solving at a scale which is larger than a single local government.


CCN102 Social Media Storytelling

Effective communication has essentially always been about telling compelling stories. As a digital communication specialist it is critical that you are able to craft effective messages to reach and engage your target audiences across multiple platforms and in a variety of formats.

CCN103 Debates in Digital Culture

This unit addresses key debates and different perspectives about the role and impacts of digital technologies on contemporary culture and society. As such, the unit develops your academic skills to assess, draw on and contribute to scholarly research in the context of such debates. Issues such as the role of social media, filter bubbles, echo chambers and the changing nature of power will be focussed on. The ability to consider different perspectives and draw on current research to discuss the debates around digital technologies and their impact is crucial for critically informed communication professionals.

CCN104 Visualising Data

Knowing how to make sense of data for diverse audiences, through appropriate visual representation, is a key skill for contemporary communication professionals. This unit is included early in the program to teach you some fundamental knowledge and skills in data visualisation.

CCN105 The Power of Platforms

It is critical for communication professionals to have an understanding of how the communication and media industries are disrupted and transformed by the power and influence of digital platforms. This unit addresses how platforms have changed media industry business models, content creation and distribution, as well as a deep exploration of the specifics of platforms and their audience and user cultures. As a digital communication professional the knowledge and skills developed in this unit will be essential for you to be effective in this digital media environment.

CCN106 Introduction to Social Media Analytics

Knowing how to analyse social media data sets by asking questions and making decisions that improve content and engagement is a fundamental skill for contemporary communication professionals. It is included in the early part of the program to develop your foundational data analytics knowledge and skills.

CCN107 Coding for Communicators

It is essential that future focused communication professionals have both an understanding of how computational technologies transform the world of communication, and the hands-on skills to develop code. This unit provides a foundational understanding of computational thinking .

CCN108 Social Media Strategy Project

This Work Integrated Learning unit enable you to synthesise your knowledge and skills developed in earlier foundational units in the program and to develop core knowledge and skills essential for professional practice in the Communication industries. It provides an opportunity to work collaboratively as a team to respond to a real client brief by applying the key principles of effective social media management to the development of a social media strategy.

CCN201 The Digital Creative Economy and the Future of Work

This unit explores how changes in the broader digital creative economy impact on media and communication industries and the working lives of communication professionals. To develop effective communication strategies and pursue work opportunities, communication professionals need to have an understanding of how the new digital creative economy operates, emerging trends in the digital economy, and how to thrive in this environment as a digital communication professional. As such, the unit provides an advanced and critical understanding of the evolution of the broader digital creative economy, how it disrupts the communication and media industries, and the specific implications for the future of digital communication professionals.

CCN204 Audience Analytics

This unit focuses on developing your critical understanding of media audience and the fundamental theoretical frameworks, methods and metrics for identifying and measuring it. Digital technologies have transformed the way communicators engage with and analyse diverse media audiences. The unit will aid you in recognising audiences by means of descriptive and inferential statistics. An applied and critical understanding of audience analytics is crucial for communication professionals. This unit builds upon and deepens the ideas and methods for audience analysis introduced in CCN106 Introduction to Social Media Analytics. The methods and techniques explored in this unit also complement CCN203 Communication Research and Problem Solving.

CCN205 Data-Driven Storytelling

This unit examines visual communication for information and the application of design principles for effective information design, especially visual data stories across various contexts and audiences. Understanding and engaging with the ever-growing quantities of data is a challenge for both organisations and individuals. Increasingly, experts are required to not only manipulate and evaluate this data but also to identify and communicate it within, to stakeholders, clients, users, community groups, etc. The effective visual communication of those stories in the data is a design process informed by advanced principles of information design and is critical for audience engagement. Data-driven storytelling is an advanced visual information design unit.

CCN206 Communicating with Bots

This unit introduces you to the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) and bots as effective tools for communication planning and execution. It examines the impact of such technologies on communication planning and practice, aiding you in developing your own bots. The unit provides the hands-on experience of applying technology to develop bots that algorithmically communicate via social media platforms. Communication professionals need to understand how to use emerging technologies such as AI to innovatively engage with their users and audiences. Bots, generally defined as “a computer program that performs automatic repetitive tasks”, and other technologies in the field of AI are changing the way communication is planned and executed, and how stories are told and evolve across social media platforms.

Creative practice

KKB285 Creative Enterprise Studio 2

This unit furthers your theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to develop enterprise focused creative projects. It links with work previously undertaken in KKB185 Creative Enterprise Studio 1 and prepares you for the final semester capstone unit KKB385 Creative Enterprise Studio 3. You will build upon your foundational understanding of project development gained in KKB185 and develop skills in project delivery and management through to prototyping your creative idea. The concept of iterative design is introduced through reflection on the success of the prototype and recommendations for future iterations and creative experimentation. This unit allows you to extend your project development skills including field analysis, creative experimentation, communication, problem solving and project evaluation.

KKB385 Creative Enterprise Studio 3

During this capstone unit you will demonstrate creative leadership by initiating an industry linked creative project. It brings together the skills and knowledge acquired throughout your course, drawing specifically from KKB185 Creative Enterprise Studio 1 and KKB285 Creative Enterprise Studio 2. The unit provides you with a framework to develop a project proposal that addresses an identified opportunity. You will then initiate your project proposal, launching your career as a creative industries professional.

KYB103 The Creative Body

This practice-based unit gathers you from across the performance disciplines (dance, drama, music) to explore the relationship between body and creative impulse in a transdisciplinary creative space. It introduces a variety of philosophies exploring the psycho-social dynamics of the body in your creative practice and its place in a space. The human body is a fundamental tool and a central site of study for artists, regardless of their specialisation. Good performance techniques are reliant on an understanding of the body and its capabilities to open the imagination of the individual, the group and an audience. An understanding of the body—how it moves, how it feels and how it relates to other bodies—is crucial to build resilience, connectedness and sustainability in performance-based creative practice.

Creative writing

KWB306 Creative Writing Project 1

This unit provides an opportunity to develop an extended creative writing project in your preferred and strongest genre and form. It will allow you to plan and propose an extended piece of creative work through a series of intensive highly participatory tutorials in collaboration with peer critique groups. Though the major covers a range of writing genres, you choose your strongest genre and write with both breadth and complexity. This unit supports you to demonstrate that you have developed a sophisticated voice or style over the three years of study. The piece of work commenced here will continue to be built on in KWB326 Creative Writing Project 2.

KWB326 Creative Writing Project 2

This unit provides a unique learning opportunity to complete a sustained body of creative work in a genre or form of your choice and identify market and publication strategies for your work. Building on the project commenced in KWB306 Creative Writing Project 1, it offers you the opportunity to continue work on an extended piece of creative writing with the assistance of critiques and peer feedback. The unit aids you to identify markets for creative practice, develop skills and strategies to submit work to publishers for professional consideration, and identify and create pathways for publication.


KDB112 Dance Technique Fundamentals

This unit introduces dance technique and the application of somatic practices. It includes the principles of safe dance practice, alignment, kinaesthetic awareness, and maintaining a sustainable embodied practice. Through practical classes you will develop your technical foundation in contemporary dance and your understanding of the principles of movement. The development of your engagement and understanding of what your dance practice might be and how it informs your future as a dance practitioner is at the forefront of this unit.

KDB122 Popular Dance Styles

The unit focuses on different dance styles and their application in different contexts, supported by complementary studies. You will continue to explore and develop your emergent understanding of your dance practice and your future as a dance practitioner. This unit builds upon the knowledges you have developed in KDB112 Dance Technique Fundamentals by offering you an introduction to a broader spectrum of popular dance styles. You will undertake a series of practical classes throughout the semester that may include a combination of: Jazz, Hip-hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Latin Dance or Swing.

KDB206 Dance in Contemporary Culture

This unit builds upon embodied knowledge and dance practice developed in KDB122 Popular Dance Styles. Through a series of seminars and practical workshops you will explore different trends in the role and place of dance in contemporary culture. You will explore dance's place in society and the development of trends such as Dance in Museums, Hip-hop culture, Dance as a Political Intervention, and Dance for Well-being.

KDB210 Dance Composition

This unit introduces the fundamentals of dance composition through exploring a range of choreographic practices. It focuses on understanding the tools available for composing dance and using these to develop successful choreographic outcomes. Through studio-based shared practice sessions, online activities, reflecting on readings and performance documentation you will begin to develop an aesthetic understanding applicable across your artistic practice. The unit examines movement ideas, shifting from simple to complex group configurations, and understanding how to develop a compositional methodology for a particular context. It offers the opportunity to develop your choreographic skills and understanding by working in collaboration with a choreographer.

KDB218 Performance in Context 1

This project-based unit develops technique, artistry, communication skills, performance ability and confidence through lectures, presentations, workshops, and student-led rehearsals,. It will enable you to use, adapt and transform your skills for artistic expression in various performing domains including collaborative and interdisciplinary practice. This is the first of two units introducing you to the practice of the Teaching Artist as a facilitator of dance-led experiences. You will apply your developed knowledge of technical skills and artistic practice in the creation of a dance work. These skills are best developed in specific contexts to foster adaptability in dance performance, creative process and workshop settings.

KDB223 Screen Dance

This unit introduces you to the field of screen dance through a critical and practical engagement with the genre. As such, it addresses the key concerns of screen dance practice from a critical perspective, as well as developing your skills in producing and documenting dance across a range of digital platforms. Through mixed delivery and online learning you will develop skills associated with the conceptualisation, composition, filming and editing of movement for the camera. This unit is designed for those with an interest in the merging fields of dance, choreography, film and video production, shared creative practice, collaboration and the screen based presentation of dance works. The skills learned will be transferable across a range of different platforms and can be applied to the creation of new screen dance works as well as to documentation of performance and creative process.

KDB316 Choreographic Project 1

This unit draws on your previous studies in choreographic practice to enable you to engage in a self-directed creative project with a focus on developing your own creative methodologies, documentation practices, collaborative skills and interdisciplinary approaches. You will draw from your situated understanding of your process and practice as an emerging dance artist within the field as explored in Choreographic Practice 2. This will enable you to confidently develop studio-based practice and processes that lead to the creation of dance works and can extend across a diverse range of cross/trans/inter disciplinary settings.

KDB317 Choreographic Project 2

This unit formulates your choreographic or performative specialisation and aids you to confidently present and promote your original work as a nascent dance practitioner. It draws on your previous studies in Choreographic Practice to enable you to engage in a self-directed creative project with a focus on developing your own creative methodologies, documentation practices, collaborative skills, and interdisciplinary approaches towards a showing or presentation outcome. In this unit you will demonstrate a sophisticated choreographic practice or sophisticated co-creative practice (as a dancer).

KDB318 Performance in Context 2

This unit aims to enable you to use, adapt and transform your skills for artistic expression in a specific performing domain including collaborative and interdisciplinary practice. As such, this project-based unit provides the context in which you will develop technique, artistry, communication skills, performance ability and confidence through professionally guided rehearsals, classes, performances and workshops. It is the second of two units which builds on the practice of the Teaching Artist as a facilitator of dance-led creative experiences. You will apply your developed knowledge of technical skill and artistic practice to the creation of a performance situated within a specific context while exploring your role as a Teaching Artist from different perspectives.

KDB320 Independent Dance Project

This unit enables you to adapt and transform your dance skills for artistic expression and is the culmination of your previous two Performance in Context units. This guided experience supports you to develop your skills to work independently and to establish your practice as a teaching artist through the key processual stages including conception, development and realisation of your ideas. You will apply your integrated knowledge of technical skills and artistic practice to effectively initiate and realise an independent dance project. This self-contained, discrete project will enable you to develop your skills, professional identity and aptitude for engagement within a variety of industry contexts. 


DYB102 Impact Lab 2: People

This unit addresses methods of social impact design and the ways in which these approaches can contribute to transformational social and community focused change. In it, you experience how design approaches and tools can be applied to complex social and community-based challenges. In a context where design can foster inclusion and act as a disruptor and driver for positive change you as a designer, alongside your design peers, have the collective potential to lead or make a better future. Framed around real world challenges; and in partnership with community, government and/or industry partners; you will engage with transdisciplinary design-led participatory entrepreneurial strategies to address key issues within one or more communities. This will develop skills valuable in designing for social impact. This impact lab focuses on people, to foreground the importance of keeping the human condition at the heart of design practice which enables solutions aimed at social change.

DYB301 Impact Lab 4: Purpose

This unit is the fourth and final Impact Lab - providing you with an opportunity to explore and define your design purpose and identity, foster career aspirations and expand your professional network.  Through this unit you will develop your knowledge and expectations of professional practice and navigate career opportunities. Impact Lab 4 : Purpose will assist you as you transition from student to professional, translating what you have learned and experienced over the course of your degree to be able to professionally present your skills, knowledge and capabilities into a meaningful and purposeful portfolio.

Digital media

CCB200 Digital Platforms

It is critical for communication professionals to understand the cultural, political, economic and technical contexts from which contemporary digital platforms have emerged and in which they are continuing to evolve. This unit focuses on the core concepts that have shaped digital media’s brief history, differentiating digital media from older media forms. It develops students' contextual understanding of digital platforms by exploring how key concepts in digital media map onto specific platforms and their audience and user cultures. CCB200 forms the foundation for more detailed analyses of digital media in future years.

CCB201 Australian Media

This unit provides you with the skills to critically engage with media as a user and industry participant. By developing your current awareness of contemporary debates and developments in Australian media, you will learn about how national and local media are shaped by a range of factors including globalising media markets, questions of national culture and identity, and digital disruption. As such, the unit introduces the theories that seek to improve media industry visibility and its social and economic importance. It also addresses public policy strategies for critically assessing industry, government, citizen and consumer perspectives around media industry. A critical understanding of media institutions helps to inform ethical media choices and professional communication practices. Current awareness of technological, economic and political drivers and impediments for change introduces you to leaders, change agents and experienced practitioners in a range of media sectors.

CCB202 Social Media, Self and Society

Social Media has had a tremendous impact on our lives as individuals and members of larger societies. The debates surrounding these new and powerful technologies are often multi-faceted in their complexity. In this unit you will learn to critically examine and contribute to debates about social media’s impact on identity, privacy and the ethics of everyday life, drawing on scholarly research to evaluate opposing perspectives and become critically informed communication professionals. 

CCB204 Communication Planning and Practice

This unit examines communication between individuals and teams in organisational settings. It aids in developing practical skills needed for effective communication such as analysis, communication proposal development, formal document production and professional presentation. The unit provides theoretical concepts that shape effective communication in professional settings, the experience to apply these skills and develop a strategic communication proposal for an external client, and the ability to understand professional teamwork and effective internal communication. The strategic process of planning, implementing and evaluating effective communication will prepare you for a career as a strategic communicator both in internal and external contexts.

CCB301 Communication Research Methods

This unit provides critical knowledge for the evaluation of complex media issues by introducing you to key research perspectives and methods and to the principles of research ethics. It involves qualitative and quantitative research methods, such as surveys, content analysis, interviews, focus groups, and ethnography, which are addressed in both traditional and contemporary digital formats. The research process (define problem, collect relevant information, analyse information, formulate conclusions/outcomes) underlies many decisions that confront communication professionals. In this unit you will learn how to ensure your decisions are made based on the most relevant and rigorous data available. Throughout the unit you will design research, analyse results and present conclusions and recommendations. You will develop critical skills in investigating media issues through qualitative and quantitative research, thus becoming knowledgeable consumers of media information.

CCB302 Digital Media Analytics

This advanced level unit equips you with critical understanding and skills in contemporary computational research methods as they are applied to digital content, platforms and networks. From computational analyses of ‘big social data’ to close qualitative analysis of digital media platforms and practices, the approaches, methods and tools that are grounded in and suitable for the study of digital media are expanding and evolving rapidly. This unit aims to provide you with critical understanding and practical skills in how to select and implement contemporary digital approaches to the collection, analysis and interpretation of various forms of emerging communication data, such as social media content (both textual and visual) and geodata.

CCB303 Digital Media Project

This unit provides an environment in which to develop your prior knowledge of digital media and/or communication theories, technologies, industries, and practices by working on a significant digital media project or series of projects. Content creation, project management, collaborative work, and critical reflection are extremely important in the digital media and communication industries. You will develop these skills and apply them to a real-world project or series of projects, the scope of which will be determined in collaboration with team members and academic staff. This is a capstone unit in which your development of the aforementioned project/s—which may take the form of industry, research, and/or corporate-based project/s—will work to advance your future employability. The project/s may involve social media analytics, digital content creation, industry reports, interaction design, and data collection and analysis.


KRB121 Scenography 2: Creating Worlds for Theatre

This unit introduces you to the practical concepts and processes associated with the creation of scenography – the world of the theatrical performance. It explores the practical application of the core elements of scenography including set, costume, light, sound and vision, while considering other key performance elements including space, time, narrative, character, performers and audience. The unit facilitates practical application and experience in solving the challenges faced by the scenographer. This includes the demands of crafting and communicating a theatre design, using relevant industry software to model set designs, and the ongoing challenge of documenting the creative process and product. It combines practical investigations with in-depth lectures on the application of design, including the role of the contemporary production designers, the design process and techniques.

KRB220 Scenography 3: Into the 21st Century

In this unit, you will interrogate the evolution of scenography through the 20th Century into the 21st Century within the changing fields of theatre and performance. Through an investigation of key shifts, significant developments, and leading practitioners of this time, the notion of scenography and its role in theatre and performance is questioned. You will be exposed to a broad range of scenographic and performance movements, practitioners and styles which will shape your future experimentation in design for performance.

KRB221 Scenography 4: Intermedial Theatre

This unit introduces scenographic techniques and approaches for intermedial theatre such as conceptualisation through to realisation, while offering an appreciation of the overall production process. It explores the practical realisation of the principles of intermedial theatre - the use of space and technology; the design and composition of visual and aural environments; the demands and effect of the digitally mediated upon the narrative, production, performers and audience. The unit is structured to incorporate a degree of practical application and experience in solving the challenges faced by the designer working in theatre, including 'hands-on' experience of the processes and demands of realising an intermedial performance. As the final unit in the Scenography minor, this studio-based unit comprises predominantly ongoing practical work that you complete under the close guidance and instruction of QUT academic staff.

KTB126 Drama Practice: Collaboration

This introductory unit addresses practical and theoretical understandings of processual, improvised and devised dramatic form. It introduces collaborative practice and play building that is at the heart of the BFA Drama coursework. The unit presents different techniques and processes of content generation and form exploration and develop a language around creative inquiry, taking concepts to action and applying form and genre to original ideas. It offers a descriptive and analytical vocabulary to underpin the application of performance making in preparation for 2nd and 3rd year practical units. Ultimately, this unit will provide a solid foundation for the academic and professional skills of observation and analysis, teamwork, creative leadership and collaboration to explore ideas or generate content.

KTB216 Drama Practice: Interpretation

This unit enables you to build and apply skills of theatrical interpretation and performance through a practice-led process of script-based rehearsal and performance of selected scenes. Performance making stems from three fundamental strategies: interpretation, transformation and generation. Interpretation is the process of creating meaning from an extant work; analysis, research and contextualisation are the tools by which the meaning and significance of performance texts are revealed, developed and actioned by the collaborative group. Led by creative practice, this intermediate unit builds on introductory learning experiences to aid you to effectively perform as Drama practitioners.

KTB226 Drama Practice: Transformation

This practice-led, intermediate unit enables you to build and apply skills in collaboratively devising and performing a show. Under the guidance of a director you interpret and transform key formal features of selected iconic practitioners or performances as the starting point for an original show to be performed at the end of semester. Indeed, transformation can be a process of adaptation, repurposing or one of profound re-imagining of content and/or form through research of form and genre, and the development and application of skills in devising, workshop and dramaturgical interrogation.

KTB316 Drama Practice: Generation

This practice-led advanced unit integrates previous drama practice units, Leadership Dynamics in Performance and Radical Theatre Forms, into a collaborative capstone experience. In consultation with experienced practitioners, this unit activates a process of investigation and generation and employs the theory, skills and practice gathered through the course. You will generate, research, experiment, conceptualise and propose a potentially interdisciplinary work that responds to bigger critical and creative conversations. Indeed, the development of a self-determining practice is dependent on various factors: a mature relationship with collaborators; confidence informed by a sense of personal creative purpose and knowledge; an understanding of the function of research in creating performances with integrity; and a commitment to creating and communicating a shared vision.

KTB326 Drama Practice: Realisation

This advanced unit enables you to independently realise a new work on the page, stage or in between, responding to real world opportunities you may pursue after graduation. Interpretation, transformation and generation all have a role to play in realising a new creative work. This unit activates the foundations of prior drama practice units in a capstone experience which enables you to further develop your creative practice. Successful creative practice is measured by degrees of expertise, diligence and awareness that are acknowledged by audiences, peers and industry. Talent aside, much is dependent on working with others to converge drama theory, skills and practice into proposals, presentations or performances that possess viability and integrity. It is also reliant on the capacity of individuals and groups to formulate and respond to critique and successfully navigate dynamic uncertainties of creative realisation to fashion a viable outcome.

Entertainment industries

CDB201 Entertainment Strategy

This unit develops an advanced, critical, in-depth understanding of economic and labour aspects of the media and entertainment industries. It examines key strategies and trends of entertainment management and work across media platforms, locations and audiences. This unit will give you a broad overview of the financial and commercial elements behind how a wide variety of entertainment products are made, circulated, and consumed. You will learn about emerging business models, changing labour conditions, the tensions of creativity and commercialisation, the role of fans, and dealing with the day-to-day commercial requirements of a creative venture. You will learn the core strategies entertainment producers use to bring creative ideas to life as they strive for a sustainable outcome.

CDB202 Entertainment Cultures

This unit examines the cultural conditions of the entertainment industries. It introduces theories and methodologies to understand the complex cultural dynamics of producing commercial culture in the entertainment industries. It offers a practical framework to make sense of the cultural factors that both shape and are shaped by industry operations and individual decision-making. It surveys the structural factors as well as the sociocultural practices that constitute the production and consumption of entertainment media. In order to navigate such complex conditions, you must understand the structural factors as well as the practices, values, and belief systems that constitute entertainment culture. For example, how does ‘culture’ shape how businesses and workers conceive of and conduct themselves in the entertainment industries; how industry understands and responds to emergent technologies, or how does race or gender identity shape workers' experiences of entertainment work?


DFB110 Fashion Design Studio 1

This foundational unit provides knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design, including sustainable practices. It addresses fashion design principles, processes and contexts, including the development of effective skills to communicate and realise design ideas in an integrated studio environment. The unit provides a positioning framework to introduce you to the broad notion of place: your formative place as a fashion designer connected to theoretical and cultural fashion contexts that underpin fashion design. The suite of Fashion Design Studio units form the spine of learning for fashion design understandings in the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) program and this unit is the first in the series.

DFB111 Fashion Design Studio 2

This unit advances your knowledge of fashion design principles and processes including the development of effective skills to communicate and realise design ideas in an integrated and online studio environment. It aims to provide a positioning framework for you to conceptually explore the realm of commercial enterprise and fashion. This unit is the second in a series of Fashion Design Studio units and provides further introductory knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design including sustainable and ethical practices. The suite of Fashion Design Studio units form the foundation of learning for understanding fashion design in the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) program.

DFB204 Fashion Product Development

This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application for professional fashion communication and product development in the fashion industry. It focuses on commercial fashion design and product styling. Developing consumer products in the fashion industry requires diverse skills and knowledge in trend analysis, range building, sourcing, finishing, specification sheets and marketing to ensure successful and sustainable outcomes. By developing a foundational knowledge in product development you will be prepared to work in commercial fashion or to create your own fashion brand.

DFB205 Fashion Media

This unit offers insight into the connection between media and fashion image making. It takes a critical historical, interdisciplinary and industrial approach to the study of fashion media, exploring media and digital social platforms that have contributed to the dissemination of fashion. Cross-pollination between fashion and media platforms from different historical times has contributed to the formation of taste, along with cultural and consumer discourses. This unit explores the evolving and complex fashion communication landscape that has captured key changes in fashion culture and industry, and the fragmentation and opening up of fashion communication to global consumers and identities.

DFB206 Global Fashion Cultures

This unit further develops your knowledge of the complexities of global fashion systems and builds on the application of your skills in fashion visual communication with an emphasis on visual analysis. It focuses on the diverse aesthetics and practices of global fashion cultures since the mid-twentieth century. The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge of the diversity of global fashion aesthetics since the mid-twentieth century while focusing on consumer-led fashion developments alongside high-end designer fashion of this period. As such, it will deepen your knowledge of how design is connected to social and cultural developments.

DFB207 Fashion and Style Journalism

This unit provides skills to conceptualise and produce fashion and style editorial content in various styles and in Australian and international contexts. It maps the scope and practice of fashion and style journalism, and creative direction, for career options for media editors, photographers, designers, writers and fashion specialists. In this unit, you will use your developing professional skills to produce fashion and style editorial content and/or contribute to the production of a fashion and style zine and/or website. Print and digital media map key changes in fashion in similar ways, forming opinions about fashion, taste and the world. Fashion writing and styling is also a key skill in public relations for a brand curating and editing brand e-magazines, social media management, creative direction and content creation in general. This unit addresses key skills learnt during the course and practising these skills in a real world, practice-based learning environment.

DFB210 Fashion Design Studio 3

This unit builds on previous fashion studio knowledge to navigate the structure and requirements of industry/professional fashion contexts. It develops effective skills to communicate and realise design ideas in an integrated studio environment. This unit is the third in a series of six Fashion Design Studio units and provides expanded knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design, including sustainable practices. The suite of Fashion Design Studio units form the spine of learning for fashion design understandings in the Bachelor of Design Fashion program, and include practical skills and knowledge of garment construction, pattern cutting and communication of design ideas.

DFB211 Fashion Design Studio 4

This unit aims to provide you with knowledge of fashion design working in collaborative contexts including the development of more advanced skills to communicate and realise design ideas in an integrated studio environment. It will also allow you to explore the spirit of collaboration intrinsic to the fashion industry. You will build on your previously acquired design and communication skills as well as your awareness of ethical and sustainable practices. In this unit you will synthesise your understanding of product development and retail readiness. This unit is the fourth in a series of six Fashion Design Studio units and provides more advanced knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design. The suite of Fashion Design Studio units form the spine of learning for fashion design understandings in the Fashion design program and include practical skills and knowledge of garment construction and pattern cutting.

DFB305 Critical Fashion Studies

This advanced level unit deepens your critical fashion engagement and consolidates your skills in fashion communication. It prepares you to play a leadership role in shaping the dialogues that are transforming fashion practices. The aim of this unit is to develop your critical, analytical and communication skills in the context of the global fashion industry and wider cultural debates. Embracing an interdisciplinary approach characteristic of current fashion scholarship, this final unit builds on the theoretical and practical knowledge developed in DFB206 Global Fashion Cultures and DFB209 Global Fashion History and provides you with the opportunity to develop sophisticated research and written communication skills, preparing you to contribute to shaping the dialogues and debates that are changing the contemporary fashion industry.

DFB310 Fashion Design Studio 5

This unit is the fifth in a series of six Fashion Design Studio units in the Bachelor of Design Fashion program and provides advanced knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design exploring your individual design identity contextualised within critical and ethical parameters. It focuses on researching and documenting your individual design identity, including the development of advanced skills to research, communicate and realise design ideas in an integrated studio environment. The unit builds upon the understandings acquired in the unit DFB211 Fashion Design Studio 4 and also provides a launch platform to explore in depth your individual design identity culminating in DFB311 Fashion Design Studio 6. The suite of Fashion Design Studio units form the spine of learning for fashion design understandings in the Bachelor of Design Fashion program and include practical skills and knowledge of garment construction and pattern cutting.

DFB311 Fashion Design Studio 6

This 24 credit point unit is the capstone Fashion Design Studio experience and aims to provide you with the opportunity to synthesise your prior learning, within university and the workplace, through the production of a final year project that will be outward looking. Within this unit you will develop your confidence and ability to work with minimal supervision in preparation for graduation exploring your individual style and target audience. During this unit you will complete your final year project and will have the opportunity to apply to present your work in a graduate show or other external event. This unit may form part of the Honours component for continuing DE42 Bachelor of Design (Honours) students.

DFH701 Fashion Design Studio 7

This unit aims to provide an advanced knowledge of fashion design including the conceptual framing and situated context of your practice. It promotes critical analysis, design prototyping and organisational skills required to formulate an extended independently-led fashion project across DFH701 and DFH801. The seventh in a series of eight Fashion Design Studio units in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) program, it forms the start of the capstone experience for an extended independently led fashion project. This unit builds upon the understandings acquired in the six preceding Fashion Design Studio units and also provides advanced fashion research skills to begin to formulate pathways to execute the self-defined independently-led fashion project. DEH701 Research Methods supports the content of this unit. The independently led fashion project will culminate in the final capstone studio unit, DFH801 Fashion Design Studio 8 (semester 2 - 36cp).

DFH801 Fashion Design Studio 8

This unit aims to provide you with advanced knowledge of fashion design as well as professional decision making, planning and organisational skills in order to execute and complete an extended independently-led research fashion project. It is the final in a series of eight Fashion Design Studio units in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) program and forms the capstone experience for an extended independently-led research fashion project.

Film, screen & animation

KNB137 Digital Worlds

This unit provides a strong foundation in the practices and concepts associated with the creation of CGI assets for use within real-time graphics production. Applications of real-time 3D graphics now extend beyond the commonplace use in games into fields such as virtual production, virtual reality, augmented reality film and TV production offering new methods of production, storytelling and interactive experiences. The creation of these experiences requires a firm grounding in the practices, concepts and skills associated with real-time production and asset creation for use in a real-time 3D engine. This unit allows you to take advantage of 3D skills and knowledge developed during KNB127 CGI Fundamentals while laying the critical foundational knowledge and skills needed for more advanced practices undertaken in KNB217. It is a starting point to incorporating real-time technologies into your capstone projects.

KNB215 Animation Performance

This unit advances knowledge on animation performance, including your ability to create complex animations by applying relevant processes and theories. To bring a character to life requires an animator to create more than a sound illusion of movement, you have to communicate and engage a viewer through an animated performance. This unit builds upon the fundamental content from KNB135 Animation Aesthetics, refining and further expanding on simple mechanical movements to focus on expressive communication and characterisation for storytelling.

KNB216 Visual Storytelling: Cinematic Pre-Visualisation

Following exposure to animation's capabilities through critical thinking and practice, the unit builds on methodologies, skills and knowledge acquired in KNB136. The language of cinema is further explored and deployed for productions demonstrating critical practice. This unit deploys cinematic grammar, such as close-ups, composition, continuity, cutting and camera angles, to arrive at an understanding of the transition from literary (text) to visual language. You will be expected to demonstrate your appreciation and comprehension of screen language through rich illustrations that lead to vibrant storyboards and engaging animatics that culminate in enriched storytelling.

KNB217 Digital Creatures

This unit focuses on the creation of culturally contextualised narrative 3D characters within cinematic styles and genres of your choice. Building upon modeling and texturing techniques introduced in KNB127 CGI Foundations and KNB137 Digital Worlds, this unit covers an integral part of the animation production workflow focused on character design contextualized by a specific narrative, modeling texturing, and rigging. On completion of the unit, you will have an understanding of the theoretical and practical foundations of design of a production-ready 3D digital creature as characters.

KNB225 Advanced Animation Performance

This unit advances your knowledge in character animation theory and practices in a project-based learning environment. In order to create an engaging animated character performance the audience can empathise with, it is important to have a good understanding of acting methods as well as animation principles and techniques. The theory and practice in this unit will introduce you to production management while focusing on developing further insights into planning, staging, cinematography, body language and facial expressions animation for character acting in a narrative context.

KNB226 Visual Storytelling: Animation Pre-Production

This unit expands on story development, design and pre-visualisation techniques for productions. As such, it consolidates your exposure to concept development, production design and pre-production knowledge, and the skills introduced in KNB136 Visual Storytelling: Production Design and KNB216 Visual Storytelling: Cinematic Pre-Visualisation. The unit focuses on equipping students with the design and planning skills necessary for cinematic preproduction. These range from concept development through to design and storyboarding to production-ready documentation. As part of this unit you will develop, design, direct, pitch, produce a production bible and an animatic for an animated short. You will be required to draw and therefore be expected to build on illustration skills.

KNB227 CGI Technologies

This unit offers you an opportunity to experiment with emerging forms of production, such as Virtual Production, and explores the theoretical context and the techniques of these new filmmaking methods. It also introduces some of the key technologies such as Motion Capture, Photogrammetry and In-Camera Virtual Production commonly employed in real-time production processes for animated, live-action film, games and live performance events. This unit builds upon the introduction of real-time technologies in KNB137 Digital Worlds and provides a solid foundation in advanced production techniques applicable to final year capstone projects.

KNB310 Advanced Animation Production 1

This unit consolidates your studio practices while focusing on advanced production stages and skill sets, such as visual effects, compositing and knowledge required to deliver final outputs for film and related platforms. Applying 3D-CG to live action film, 2D and 3D tracking and creating clean plates for visual effects are some of the post-production methods this unit will cover. This unit will bring depth and breadth to your practice and applies directly into Advanced Animation Production 2.

KNB320 Advanced Animation Production 2

To prepare for life outside of the academic institution, it is important to be able to showcase your work with knowledge of the requirements of your field. This unit builds on previous studies of animation techniques and production processes to complete a final advanced project and to create a professional showreel and portfolio. It continues to develop animation production skills, concentrating on final output and post-production.

KPB117 Screen Crafts: Non-Fiction

This unit addresses the knowledge and skills required for non-fiction multi-platform content production while engaging with high-end production and post-production technologies. Its content is drawn from the fields of script writing, pre-production, production management, direction, camera, sound and editing. As much of our information is delivered via the electronic media, it is vital that you be trained in the skills and techniques involved in non-fiction screen production (informational programming, magazine-style segments, news stories, documentaries, etc.). In this unit, you learn screen language and production practices, roles and responsibilities of production teams, production management, design and practice. Lectures focus on the major production areas of producing, directing, cinematography, editing and sound that inform this practice.

KPB122 Screen Crafts: Narratives

This unit develops your creative, technical and organisational abilities in the areas of screen storytelling and communication. Screen content specialisation requires you to develop an effective, industry-related range of skills. It builds on and advances basic understandings, skills and principles developed in KPB101 or KPB117. An introduction to the skills of sound and lighting complements the earlier core skills of camera, editing, directing and producing and the unit concentrates on the basics of telling a coherent fictional narrative story for the screen.

KPB208 Screen Genres

This unit helps you to appreciate contemporary screen genres and to develop genre-related analytical skills. It also investigates the connections between genre theory and contemporary practice-based genre approaches. Genre is central to understanding the cultural and industrial contexts and visual forms of narrative screen productions. Since every screen production is a risk, both financial and creative, contemporary production organisations and creators attempt to minimise risk in their future ventures through screen genres. Genre productions appeal to local and international audiences. It is indeed crucial for fans, critics and practitioners to appreciate genre conventions, inventions and innovations, and those genre elements that contribute to the commercial, critical, or creative success of narrative screen productions.

KPB215 Advanced Screenwriting

This unit aids you to better understand screenwriting processes and structural concepts by offering a framework and strategies for the development of a short drama script. Screenwriting occurs within specific socioeconomic frameworks and is supported by specific industry practices. Working within these models, you will become aware of the scope and limitation of scriptwriting for screen projects. In this unit you will have the opportunity to build and extend basic screenwriting techniques and explore topics such as the role of screenwriters in the industry.

KPB216 Screen Content Production Management

This unit introduces film, television and screen business theory and practice, providing foundations for small and larger scale production management. It considers the role of the production manager with a particular focus on the phases of pre-production and production. People with an interest in producing film, television and multimedia productions need to develop knowledges and skills that form the basis of an effective industry-related repertoire in relation to working in a range of media businesses. This unit examines how the production manager supports the producer in screen production projects ensuring that the needs of the production have been addressed via a preliminary schedule and draft budget, within all legal and insurance constraints. The unit addresses the importance of working within the resources available in order to achieve the necessary production values on screen in a highly competitive market place.

KPB217 Screen Crafts: Experiments

This unit examines various forms of experimentation in relation to creative works, challenging you to think beyond mainstream cinema. Filmmakers must push the aesthetic and narrative boundaries of cinema in order to find their own distinctive voice and style. In this unit, you will have the chance to do so, testing your imaginative limits and creative abilities through vision and sound. Evolution in all fields of screen production results from creativity. Successful practitioners of screen content require the opportunity to develop their creative potential through experimentation. Building on prior knowledge acquired in earlier units, you will be encouraged to become wilfully nonconformist in approach, drawing on a wide range of traditions from within the genre of Experimental or Avant-Garde filmmaking.

KPB221 Screen Project Development

This unit equips you as a developing screen content creator with the concepts and skills for project development and pre-production. It addresses the roles played by producers, directors, writers, script editors and other craft practitioners in the creative process. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. This tried and tested adage applies to every crew member and department involved in screen productions. Hard-to-come-by financing, tight budgets and schedules, and the expectation for high quality, innovative content mean that the planning phase of project development and pre-production is essential. Indeed, it is important for you who wish to work in contemporary screen industries to understand the nature and importance of these critical phases.

KPB222 Screen Crafts: Multi-Camera and Single-Camera Production

This unit addresses creative, technical and organisational abilities in the areas of screen story-telling and communication. It will also provide you with an understanding of the workings of multi-camera television studio production and how this mode of production differs from single-camera modes. You will develop practical production skills as a crew member on both modes of production which will form the basis of an effective industry-related repertoire. This unit builds on skills developed in previous units to make productions such as studio-based multi-camera productions, commercials, community service announcements, short form narratives and client-based productions.

KPB315 Global Screen Studies

This course critically examines global cinema and the films of a selection of non-Hollywood cinemas in terms of historical, aesthetic, production and cultural contexts. National movies and television programs are shaped by unique contexts and non-Hollywood cinemas are responding to the challenges in the contemporary screenscape in complex ways. This course addresses critical writing, research and analytical skills required to evaluate and problematise the history, aesthetics, production and cultural contexts of key global cinemas and how transnational forces shape ‘local’ screen content. ‘Global cinema’ has been responsible for film language and form innovations in contrast to the conventions of classical Hollywood cinema that have shaped global film making practice. However, as systems of production, distribution and consumption become globalised, traditional understandings of national production are being reconstituted.

KPB325 Screen Issues

This unit develops historical, critical and analytical skills in reading and writing about issues in the screen industries and contemporary culture. It fosters both critical research skills and practical, professional development skills and approaches for emerging practitioners. It looks at contemporary screen production contexts and consumption practices, and how these issues relate to the industries. The unit considers the effect of screen forms on the experience of visual culture and investigates the relationship between evolving digital technologies and existing media. Understanding the contemporary contexts for screen production is essential for screen professionals. This unit brings you up-to-date with the issues and topics most relevant for emerging practitioners who would like to make the most of the opportunities, be aware of risks and become dynamic and adaptive in the process.

Industrial design

DNB111 ID Studio 2: Aesthetics and Visualisation

This introductory unit advances knowledge and skills with analogue and digital visualisation techniques to explore, elaborate and communicate your design ideas effectively. The most common and complex aspect of industrial design deals with creating aesthetically pleasing products imbued with meaning and value through form and function. Continuing the development of design process knowledge and skills established in DNB110 ID Studio 1: User Centred Design, this unit delves deeper into ideas of aesthetics and meaning in order to advance the quality of everyday products.

DNB210 ID Studio 3: Interaction and Experience

A core responsibility of the Industrial Designer is the interpretation of human interactions with products or systems. This unit develops intermediate design research skills and strategies to gain a detailed understanding of the user within the product's social, cultural and technological context. It employs design strategies to identify opportunities of human interactions with products and systems and enhance the user-product experience. In this unit you will strengthen and apply your design, visualisation, model-making and CAD skills at an intermediate level while dealing with user-centred design (UCD) principles to produce interactive designs. This unit builds on knowledge and experience gained in earlier Industrial Design (ID) foundation units. It builds your skills and knowledge in the area of interaction and experience allowing for integration of skills and knowledge in the capstone units.

DNB211 ID Studio 4: Manufacturing Technology

This unit introduces the skills and knowledge to transform design ideas into manufacturable products. It provides experience and skills in creating 3D CAD models and using them to communicate design intent. The unit increases your knowledge of the commonly used materials and processes and of how their manufacturing constraints and opportunities affect the design process. The industrial designer needs to possess skills in translating these constraints and opportunities into viable product designs and to be able to communicate their design intent with sufficient detail to allow that product to be manufactured according to industry standards and capabilities. This unit introduces you to the principles of Design For Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) and extends your Computer-Aided Design (CAD) skills. The skills and knowledge covered by this unit are amongst those highly sought after by employers and will be applied in all subsequent ID studio units.

DNB212 ID Studio 5: Applied Technology

This unit provides the skills and knowledge required to design products for manufacture. It advances knowledge on commonly used materials allowing you to gain an understanding of how manufacturing constraints and opportunities affect the design process. Industrial Designers need to be able to design products that are viable for production. They also need to possess skills in translating these constraints and opportunities into viable product designs and to be able to efficiently communicate their design intent to allow that product to be manufactured according to industry standards and capabilities. The unit focuses on 3D parametric Computer Aided Design (CAD) and on how this is incorporated into the design process. Additionally, it provides skills in creating 3D CAD models and using them to communicate design intent. The unit builds on the DNB211 ID Studio 4: Manufacturing Technology unit as well as developing CAD and digital presentation skills.

DNB214 Mass Transportation

This unit introduces mass transport and mobility system concepts and skills as applied to the design of a mass transport system for a given context. It is in the developmental stage of your course and builds on your application of design. It is preferred (but not a requirement) that you have completed design or design visualisation units prior to enrolling in this unit. This unit provides you with opportunities to build, develop and apply creative design proficiencies in the context of mass transportation systems.

DNB215 Personal Transportation

This unit introduces personal transport and mobility system concepts as applied to the design of a personal transport system for a given context. It focuses on understanding, benchmarking and designing personal transport systems for a specific context. It prepares you for future units including mass transportation and future transportation units. This unit is in the developmental stage of your course and introduces you to some basic concepts for transportation systems and builds on your application of design. It is preferred (but not a requirement) that you have completed design or design visualisation units prior to enrolling in this unit.

DNB310 ID Studio 6: Systems Design

This unit introduces the concept of systems thinking and its application to design to solve complex societal, cultural and environmental challenges. It advances on Industrial design concepts, methods, strategies and processes for innovation with a particular focus on future products and systems. It also builds and consolidates knowledge and experience gained in earlier Industrial Design units, in particular skills and knowledge in the area of systems design. To be able to tackle the most critical problems of our time, we must broaden our view to incorporate a more holistic and comprehensive view of design and systems. This requires the understanding and application of novel systems thinking approaches to the design of products, services and systems that are viable, feasible and desirable for people and the environment.

DNB311 ID Studio 7: Capstone

This is the capstone unit for Industrial Design. It is built upon the earlier Industrial Design units and extends the application of research to the designing products and systems. This is an independent project reinforcing leadership and project management as well as strengthening your expertise. You will focus on research done through design, application of research findings for early and developmental design stages, and will learn to integrate research and design to support novel design ideas. The unit provides you with an opportunity to learn how to manage and lead large authentic projects.

DNB312 Advanced Manufacturing

The aim of this unit is to elevate your knowledge of manufacturing to a level where you can confidently produce products able to be manufactured. It further develops your knowledge of the relationship between manufacturing and design. In this you will gain a greater understanding of manufacturing materials and processes that are commonly used by designers. You will also gain experience applying that knowledge to a design project. For a design to progress from just an idea to becoming a real thing it needs to be able to be manufactured. For this, designers need an in-depth understanding of the ways that products are manufactured and what they can be manufactured from. This forms part of the core technical skills that designers require. This unit builds on previous manufacturing skills and allows for this knowledge to be incorporated into the final capstone unit.

DNB313 Advanced Computer-Aided Design

This unit develops your knowledge and skill in Computer Aided Design (CAD). Its aim is to strengthen knowledge about the implementation of CAD in a design context as well as skills in generating CAD output in a form that accurately communicates design intent. In particular it will focus on building skills using Solidworks, a 3D parametric modeller. Designers need to be able to communicate their 3D design ideas in an accurate way to others in order to have them manufactured. CAD is the primary way that this is done. Therefore good CAD skills are an essential skill, sought after by employers and very useful for design communication in subsequent units, especially the capstone unit.

DNH703 Applied Design Research 1

This unit introduces you to the strategic contribution of applied research including identifying people's needs through to their integration within the system and gap identification. It incorporates studies of the dynamic relationships between people, products/artefacts and systems, and their contextual environment. The unit addresses the ways research about people can contribute to product innovation, as well as how to integrate the applied research skills and knowledge that support the development of an innovative product or system proposal. It covers: human-centred innovation framework application of qualitative research methods to industrial design; situating product/systems within the socio-cultural context; and communication of research outcome. This is a capstone unit which provides you with the foundation for higher research degrees.

DNH704 New Product Development

This unit focuses on the introduction of new products into the market. It provides an overview of the relationship between product design and commercialisation. It introduces strategy development which aims to meet consumer expectations whilst achieving corporate objectives. It covers: new product development process; idea generation; strategic planning; introduction to marketing; product screening and evaluation; and commercialisation and post-launch review. The unit will provide you with background knowledge of management, financial and marketing parameters surrounding the development and commercialisation of consumer products. Launching new products into the market requires a sound understanding of product development tools and methods. Therefore this unit will draw on your understanding of design process and complement this with an understanding of the issues surrounding the translation of a concept into a marketable product or service.

DNH803 Applied Design Research 2

This unit focuses on the design of a product or system to a professional level. It builds upon DNH703 Applied Design Research 1 and extends the application of research to the design of a product. You will learn how to integrate research and design knowledge to support novel design ideas. The unit contains seminar discourse. This is a capstone unit and it provides you with the foundation for higher research degrees.

DNH804 Professional Practice in Industrial Design

This unit focuses on the role of professional practice management and its significance to industrial design. It covers: professional practice and management, career paths in Industrial Design, management of design projects, Design documentation and the role of design administration, intellectual property, and designer-client relationships. The unit provides an overview of the relationship between product design and professional practice. It addresses professional practice management and how you can use this knowledge to manage your own projects. This unit also provides an overview of both current and potential future trends in the Industrial Design profession.

Interaction design

DXB210 Critical Experience Design

This unit explores the way in which critical and speculative design theory and practices can transform established design conventions in new and unexpected ways, leading to innovative design solutions. Design does not operate in isolation. All our decisions as designers affect not only the produced outcome, but the broader society and environments for which it is created. This unit provides you with design skills to create highly engaging and interactive speculative designs, services and experiences, while focusing on their impact and potential of design for change and deep societal transformation. In this unit you will adopt critical thinking and speculative design methods to re-imagine, analyse, design and present solutions for future scenarios (e.g. living in future cities, design of future hospitals and future of the environment) as a way to re-frame present interactions between people, spaces and technologies.

DXB211 Creative Coding

This is an introductory programming unit for designers. It presents core principles of computer programming and explores how these can be applied to produce creative outcomes. It also surveys the ways that designers, artists and other creative practitioners have engaged with computer programming and reflects on the nature of code as a creative medium. A basic literacy with programming is essential in areas of professional practice such as interaction design, visual design, web design, mobile app design and game design. As such, it is important for you to develop core skills in computer programming, as well as knowledge of the aesthetics of computational processes in design and creative practice. 

DXB212 Tangible Media

This unit provides in-depth knowledge of tangible media through the production of an advanced tangible media design project. The design and production of computational and interactive media forms requires theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the processes that underpin the tangible as well as the embodied ways in which people interact with such systems. This unit builds upon previous interaction design studies and extends these studies into the field of tangible media.

DXB310 Augmented Interactions

This unit advances on your understandings of augmented interaction. Studio-driven explorations of emerging and future practices and concerns, and engagement in a chosen problem space, will facilitate such process. The unit provides an opportunity for reflective practices to situate your work in the relevant context as well as extend your own understanding of interaction design. You will create an augmented interactive system that responds to a problem or site you identify and research, as well as evaluate people’s experience of it gaining formative feedback. You will use interactive media technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality software tools and sensors, and develop a visual and experiential language for your concept. Understanding social and physical phenomena evolution and how we interact with the world is crucial, even more so today as wireless networks proliferate and that interaction is increasingly mediated.

DXB311 Advanced Interaction Design Project

This capstone unit further develops your interaction design skills through the production of a signature project. It focuses on developing your own specialist Interaction Design work which will serve to assist you in defining your professional portfolio and future career pathways. The outcome will also become your major design work to be presented in the final year exhibition. Design for interaction continues to be a transformative and pivotal field of design for contemporary society, encompassing a range of practice from sustainability, usability, and collaboration to the evocative, playful and expressive. New design opportunities and career options continue to emerge and an understanding of future industry practices and an ability to actively engage in these is essential for career success. This subject provides you with the opportunity to explore emerging areas of interaction design through practice-based research, creative focus and a supportive community of learning.


CJB203 Newsroom

The aim of this unit is to advance knowledge of the journalism professional approaches needed to produce quality news material for diverse and changing news audiences. It equips you with concepts and skills needed to plan reports; conduct interviews; write news stories; and present and edit material for radio, television and multi-media outputs. This second-year unit is the first of the newsroom suite of units that are a hallmark of the digital-journalism focus of the QUT journalism degree. With a collaborative newsroom approach, it combines the skills and learning of students from different year levels in a team environment with input from peers, staff and industry practitioners. Therefore, you learn the production principles of quality news production in real time while identifying and pursuing innovative news approaches. In keeping with a commercial newsroom, the QUT newsroom experience aims to create a dynamic and diverse news product.

CJB204 Journalism Ethics and Issues

This unit aims to develop socially responsible, ethical journalists. As such, it looks at moral philosophical traditions and current journalistic practice in the context of Australian and international news media approaches. It introduces theories of ethical decision-making and their application; overviews professional codes of conduct and codes of ethics in the media industry and related professions; addresses major ethical concerns in journalism; examines the journalist’s working environment and the public’s perceptions of the media industry; provides opportunities to explore personal responses to ethical dilemmas and to work through examples of applied ethical decision-making; develops capabilities of self-care as well as your critical analytical abilities; and addresses the impact of developing information and communication technologies.

CJB301 International Newsdesk

This capstone unit prepares you for journalistic work in internationalised settings in which the topics that journalists report on, the information sources they draw from, the professional partners they work with, and the audiences they address are increasingly globalised. You will create original journalistic work in news feature style about international issues. To do this effectively, you must understand practical, legal, ethical, and creative demands that impact on the quality of journalism produced in or about other countries. In your role as part of a production team that creates journalistic work about international people, places and events, you will need to understand the current contexts, cultures and values of countries that you report on. By analysing political, economic, and other social influences on the roles, rights and expectations of journalists in different countries, you will learn how journalism practices must adapt to different contexts and circumstances.

CJB302 Newsdesk

This capstone unit models day-to-day operations of a fully-converged, multimedia newsroom (online/audio/video). It aids you in reporting, storytelling and professional training as part of a team publishing material for real audiences. Today’s journalism requires skills to operate in a converged media environment and to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and fragmented audience. Graduates need to deal with both the instantaneous demands of the 24-hour news and social media landscape, as well as being able to produce far more considered pieces that analyse, educate, inform and entertain. Choosing the right medium for the task, and working to deadlines, is essential. This authentic learning experience in an industry-standard newsroom demands practical, legal, ethical, creative and social issues to be addressed in real time.


KMB109 Creative Practice in Music

This unit establishes a community of practice with an emphasis on collaborative music-making that you can draw on to inform your own work. It introduces you to a range of music contexts, concepts and techniques to help you better understand your practice and that of your peers, and to be better positioned and equipped to respond as appropriate. Successful musicians need to form and negotiate their creative practice within a complex professional environment. They need critical, technical, conceptual and communication skills to understand their music in context and how it can be connected to an audience. This unit introduces you to the fundamental concepts and approaches to develop your practical skills in the creation and presentation of new music. It provides an opportunity for you to explore and present creative ideas collaboratively with peers in a professionally engaged environment.

KMB128 Musicianship 2

This unit builds on the foundational aural and analytical skills introduced in Musicianship 1 to develop understanding of music and sound. These skills will be applied to a range of musical styles, settings and practices. The development of critical listening, analytical skills combined with representational and demonstrational skills across a broad range of music and sound is critical to the developing modern musician. The unit will foster a deeper understanding of music and sound to help inform and situate your creative practice. This unit develops your awareness, critical analytical and synthesis skills across a broad range of music and sound contexts and concepts. It complements other creative, practical and analytical units by fostering a deeper understanding of music and sound.

KMB218 Musicianship 3

This advanced musicianship unit provides you with critical listening, analysis, representational and demonstrational skills across a broad range of music and sound. It fosters a deeper understanding of music and sound to help inform and situate your creative practice. The unit builds on the foundation aural and analytical skills introduced in Musicianship 1 and 2 which music professionals use to analyse, compose, produce and perform music. These skills will be applied to communicate your understanding of complex musical ideas in a range of musical styles, settings and practices.

KMB227 Music Creation 2

Building on Music Creation 1, this unit develops skills and understanding to create new music across a range of musical practices in performance, production and composition. Successful musicians need to form and negotiate their creative practice within a complex professional environment. They need to develop critical skills to understand their music in context and how it can be connected to an audience. As the second of four units in Music Creation, it builds deeper engagement and knowledge used to present creative ideas with peers and industry professionals.

KMB228 Musicianship 4

This unit assists you to develop an awareness of your own musicianship and where this is situated within the diversity of contemporary practices and contexts. It develops your awareness of analytical and synthesis skills across a broad range of music and sound contexts and concepts. It complements other creative, practical and analytical units by fostering a deeper understanding of music and sound. This advanced musicianship unit provides you with critical listening, analysis, representational and demonstrational skills across a broad range of music and sound. The unit will foster a deeper understanding of music and sound to help inform and situate your creative practice. You will build on these skills towards your final year capstone Music Creation units.

Professional communication

CWB201 Corporate Writing and Editing

This unit allows you to develop the ability to write in at least two corporate writing genres and be proficient in three other genres. It deals with both the fundamentals of language (grammar, punctuation, style) and common corporate writing genres (manuals, reports, speeches, brochures). Professional communication specialists must have a command of an extensive range of corporate writing genres to create and edit corporate documents. As a corporate writing specialist, you must also be able to respond authoritatively to technical and stylistic writing questions when such matters arise in the workplace. You will develop your knowledge about how language works and be able to use that knowledge in practical writing applications. As a result, you will become a more confident writer and communicator in corporate and professional situations.

CWB301 Political Communication

This unit surveys the theory and professional practices of political and governmental communication, especially through the media and communications industries. It examines contemporary and historical political issues and communications in Australia and internationally from the perspectives of democratic theory, media influence, strategic image and issue management, and popular culture. The unit comprises an overview of theoretical approaches to political communication, the construction of political discourse, and the mobilisation of audiences/voters; an understanding of the relationship between communication strategies and the management of politics, with cases drawn from Australian and international politics; and the capacity to critically appraise strategic issues such as political persuasion, electoral strategy, popular culture, and public opinion formation.

CWB302 Advanced Corporate Communication

This unit equips you with advanced-level corporate communication skills and techniques that will enhance your writing and editing abilities. It advances your learning in corporate writing and editing to equip you with the skills needed as a corporate communicator and further develops skills in the areas of professional writing, mechanics, grammar, and editing. The unit is scheduled in the final year of your degree to ensure that you will be prepared for your transition to the workplace.

CWB303 Communication Project

This unit applies prior knowledge of media and/or communication research, industries, and practices; providing an environment in which to develop your communication and project management skills while contributing to the maintenance and development of publicly facing websites or other media. Content creation, project management skills, and collaborative work are extremely important in media and communication industries. You will use these skills and apply them to working on public websites and with industry. This is a capstone unit in which you contribute to a real-world project (research, industry/corporate-based or not for profit) that works to advance your future employability. In doing so, you will work on an online platform that incorporates academic research, is informed by content marketing research (industry/corporate-based), or provides professional content services for clients (not for profit).

Visual arts

KVB117 Visual Arts Open Studio 1

This unit introduces current creative visual arts practices - their processes, reception and contribution to society. It looks at individual visual art practice through applying creative processes, 'art thinking' and the development of a conceptual/contextual framework to support studio activities. The open-ended conditions of current creative practices are diverse, complex and multi-layered. With its emphasis on transmedia experimentation, the studio facilitates the understanding of these conditions to develop creative skills. This unit supports independent, self-directed art practice. By exploring a range of transmedia strategies for art practice and identifying your individual perspectives and interests, you will develop ways of engaging with the possibilities and challenges arising from the practice of contemporary art. This unit also fosters communication skills, self-motivation, sense of inquiry and openness to new ideas, media and ways of working.

KVB127 Visual Arts Open Studio 2

This unit advances your independent, self-directed art practice. By exploring a range of processual strategies for the practice of contemporary art and identifying its active and emergent conceptual dimensions, you will develop ways of engaging with the possibilities and challenges arising from the practice of contemporary art. The open-ended conditions of current creative practices, their processes, reception, and contribution to society, are diverse, increasingly complex, and inherently multi-layered. The Open Studio model of contemporary visual art practice provides a platform to build a robust and flexible creative skillset. Building on learning completed in Visual Arts Open Studio 1, you will expand your individual visual art practice through the exploration of creative processes, the application of 'art thinking'; and the development of a conceptual/contextual framework to support your studio activities.

KVB217 Visual Arts Open Studio 3

This unit integrates creative practice methods and codes, self-directed socio-cultural research, and personal reflection, in order to consolidate a studio-based art practice. It develops a pervasive sense of creative inquiry, self-motivation, self-reliance, and an openness to new ideas and aesthetic experiences. By providing support and structure for these activities and developments, the unit aims to habituate these essential qualities of artistic practice. The open-ended conditions of current creative practices - their processes, reception, and contribution to society - are diverse, increasingly complex, and inherently multi-layered. The Open Studio model of contemporary visual art practice provides a platform to build a robust and flexible creative skillset. This unit foregrounds art thinking, speculative inquiry and combinatory play with the material, conceptual and contextual dimensions of creative practice in order to nurture creative literacy and intelligence.

KVB227 Visual Arts Open Studio 4

This unit focuses on the elaboration and sustained development of an individualised artistic practice within a creative community of practitioners. It foregrounds art thinking, speculative inquiry and combinatory play with the material, conceptual and contextual dimensions of creative practice in order to nurture an expanded and nuanced level of creative literacy and intelligence. The open-ended conditions of current creative practices, their processes, reception, and contribution to society, are extremely diverse, increasingly complex, and inherently multi-layered. The Open Studio model provides a unique and ideally suited position from which to understand these factors and develop a relevant creative skillset. This unit furthers a sense of creative inquiry, self-motivation, self-reliance, and an openness to new ideas and aesthetic experiences. .

KVB317 Visual Arts Open Studio 5

This unit provides conceptual frameworks and practical experience in the Open Studio in order to refine critical, creative and analytical thinking in an integrated, transmedia creative practice. It addresses effective communication in a variety of professional contexts and modes. The conditions of contemporary art practices, their production, reception and contribution to society are diverse, complex and multi-layered. To successfully navigate this environment, professional practitioners require strong self-advocacy skills and the ability to communicate an informed, independent position in various contexts. In this final year unit, you will undertake self-directed, intensive study in the Open Studio, supported by research into a broad range of artists' practices and contemporary art theory. The Open Studio is a creative community, which foregrounds art thinking, speculative inquiry and combinatory play with the material, conceptual and contextual dimensions of creative practice.

KVB327 Visual Arts Open Studio 6

This unit provides conceptual frameworks and practical experience in the Open Studio, in order to synthesise critical, creative and analytical thinking, in an independent, professionally ready, creative practice. It addresses effective communication, presentation and advocacy skills for the variety of contexts and modes you will engage with in the professional industry. The conditions of contemporary art practices, their production, reception and contribution to society are extremely diverse, increasingly complex and multi-layered. Your sustained critical involvement and increasing commitment to conceptual and creative pursuits will be supported by intensive research into artists' practices and contemporary theory. The Open Studio is a creative community, which foregrounds art thinking, speculative inquiry and combinatory play with the material, conceptual and contextual dimensions of creative practice.

Visual communication

DVB102 Image Design and Production

This unit provides skills and knowledge for image creation and production across different contexts, styles and media. It also deals with issues of originality, creativity and suitability of images used in professional visual design, while increasing your skills and creative approaches to areas of illustration, information design, photography, and photo media design. It advances knowledge on aesthetic and formal qualities of new areas of image design and a growing technical skill set which will be built upon in further Visual Communication Design specialisation subjects. In a world of easily reproduced digital imagery, the ability to create your own original illustrations, photos, textures and patterns can be highly competitive. Along with developing practical skills to generate original imagery for your design work, the unit further develops your capacity to critique and reflect upon practice.

DVB201 Typographic Design

This unit provides knowledge and skills of typographic principles, composition and design strategies. It combines theory and practice, history and experimentation, and designing for print and digital media, all within a vibrant studio environment delivered face-to-face and online. You will engage with dynamic, creative briefs and use type as the main element of visual expression in your work. Typically typography is at the core of any visual communication work, independently of media. ‘Good’ typographic design demands well developed technical skills, constant attention to detail as well as a sharp understanding of the context and content of the message being transmitted. Upon completion of this unit you will be able to understand, apply and manipulate multiple aspects of typography as a powerful visual communication tool and to prepare and publish your work in multiple media contexts, including emerging technologies and environmental spaces.

DVB202 Visual Design for Storytelling

While contemporary visual communication often applies concise and immediate messaging for targeted audiences, it can also require extended, multi-layered narrative-led messaging. This unit provides theoretical, conceptual, technical and research skills to produce narrative-based visual communication works. The unit addresses principles and techniques of visual storytelling across multiple media forms such as print, screen and space, and allows you to develop key portfolio pieces which are complex and creative. Visual Design for Storytelling builds upon the Visual Communication foundations, expanding the scope of projects you are equipped for.

DVB203 Theories and Methods of Visual Communication

This unit builds on your understanding of the principles of visual communication and its role in determining the values of our contemporary cultures and societies. Through exploring theoretical perspectives, discussions and class exercises you will critique and analyse images and visual communication designs occurring in multiple contexts. In doing so, you will develop further expertise in the production of contemporary communication design and the ethical, social and professional responsibilities of a designer. This unit directly builds upon the Visual Communication and Image Production units while providing opportunities to engage with critical analysis of images and experiences and evidence this through written expression and report writing.

DVB301 Kinetic Image and Text

Moving image and typographic design has become a leading form of communication in contemporary society, from online contexts, to film and television, to digital signage. An in-depth understanding of and creative skills in motion-based design are essential for visual designers to work on major campaigns and address all client needs. This unit provides you with knowledge of key theoretical approaches, techniques and methods of kinetic design and allows you to explore these through practice within studio-based assessment projects. In taking this focus, the unit builds directly upon prior foundations of Image Design and Typography in the Visual Communication specialisation and prepares students to work at a further, advanced level within the industry.

DVB302 Data Visualisation and Information Design

Information and data is now an essential aspect of everyday life in our technologically-driven and visually rich society. In the contemporary world, the generation of data is much greater than the ability to digest and visualise this as meaningful information. The unit provides advanced knowledge and skills in visual information design and data visualisation allowing you to apply these within a series of practice-based design works. The unit contextualises the growth of this information design specialisation for visual designers, raises issues relating to data collection and integrity, and provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the variety of design approaches that can be engaged within this area. It offers both a practical understanding of established information design models and also the opportunity to develop an innovative and future-forward approached to data visualisation, including utilising interactivity.

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