Studying online

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Unit Overview


Students develop computational design skills using advanced modelling software such as Rhino3D and Grasshopper. Through analysis of precedent and project-based research students develop unique design propositions and carry these through to fabrication either in model and component form or at full size. Students gain a working familiarity with the digital design to fabrication processes that contemporary manufacturing requires. The objectives of the unit include an aim to engender a better understanding of digital design processes and the theoretical context in which they are executed. In addition the historical context of these design practices are evaluated against contemporary practice.

6 points

Students are able to (1) a working knowledge of advanced modelling software packages; (2) a working knowledge of digital design to manufacturing processes; (3) a working knowledge of computational design practice; and (4) a strong theoretical and critical foundation in the specialised fields of digital design practice.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) folio containing precedent study analytical documents (drawings,models, text); (2) scale models and digital file submissions appropriate to project; and (3) prototype design, manufacture and assembly, exegesis (2000 words). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Rene van Meeuwen (Co-coordinator Tristan Morgan)
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
ARCT5580 Key Texts—Virtual
Approved quota: 44—students in their final 24 points will be given priority enrolment, and then selection will be based on academic merit.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
ARCT5535 Materials required for Master of Architecture option unit (estimated cost - 30).
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour
workshops: 2 hours for up to 12 weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.