ARCT5593 Furniture: from prototype to production

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit asks students to engage with the idea that the objects they design have a ‘life-cycle' and are therefore always implicated in networks. As they develop and prototype a complex piece of furniture, designed to be suitable for commercial production, students are asked to engage critically and pragmatically with concepts of sustainable design and life-cycle-analysis. As well as traditional workshop production skills, participants are given instruction in rapid-prototyping, CAD/CAM machining, and other computer-mediated production processes. The unit is built on a basis of ‘research through making' as it investigates the way furniture design draws materials, technologies, designers, the media, consumers, regulatory agencies, and users into complex networks of production, distribution, and consumption.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) critically analyse the relationships (social, environmental, and economic) between the inputs and outputs of furniture design practices; (2) demonstrate an understanding of life-cycle analysis and apply it to contemporary furniture and product design; (3) acquire skills in the production and manufacture of complex prototypes; (4) develop and apply skills in the use of rapid-prototyping, CAD/CAM machining, and other computer-mediated production processes; and (5) represent design research and practice in innovative ways.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) research poster and drawing set and (2) physical prototype(s), digital prototype, and full documentation drawing set. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Mark Sawyer
Unit rules
Approved quota: 44—students in their final 24 points will be given priority enrolment, and then selection will be based on academic merit.
Contact hours
lectures: 12 hours; seminars/workshops: 24 hours
Unit Outline
http://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/ARCT5593/SEM-1/2018
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