ARCT5589 Furniture Design

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Taking a broad view of what might constitute furniture, this unit asks students to engage critically with furniture and product design through research, representation, and making. Students are asked to critically examine the joint concepts of ‘assembly' and ‘disassembly' and to engage in a hands-on way with the materials and processes used in contemporary design production. During the unit students ‘learn through making' as they design, construct, and document a number of full-scale, working prototypes. They also acquire the skills required to produce professional working drawings, enabling them to communicate their designs with industry.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a critical awareness of materials and processes commonly used in furniture and product design, evaluating their applicability to their own practices as designers; (2) acquire workshop and ‘making' skills through the production of full-scale working prototypes; (3) develop skills allowing them to describe furniture and product design through working drawings, specifications, and other forms of visual representation; and (4) respond to issues of environmental and social sustainability as these relate to design practice and production.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) physical prototype, research poster and assembly drawing and (2) physical prototype, digital prototype and full documentation drawing set. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Peter Kitely
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.
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 or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Materials Supplied specific to unit (estimated cost - $50 -$200)
(2) Materials required for furniture design (estimated cost - $25-$350).
Contact hours
lectures: 12 hours; seminars/workshops: 24 hours
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
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  • 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.