DES113 Spatial Design (8)

This subject introduces students to a range of roles and responsibilities in set and environmental design including the requisite time and financial planning skills, computer aided design (CAD) skills and drawing for a range of spatial design outcomes. Students explore the relationship between script and character analysis to the organisational principles of space and place for performance design. Using designer-led approaches to the analysis, visualisation and construction of environments students undertake small projects in set/prop design for stage, screen or public/commercial applications in theatre or site-specific contexts.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have previously completed DES107 Design Implementation or DES108 Design Communication.

Subject Relationships

DES108 DES108 Design Communication made obsolete by this subject.
DES107 DES107 Design Implementation made obsolete by this subject.

Incompatible Subjects

DES107, DES108

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe a range of roles and responsibilities in spatial design for stage and screen contexts;
  • be able to perform basic situational needs anyalysis as an environmental design process;
  • be able to explain the relationship between situational needs analysis and the organisational principles of space;
  • be able to execute projects to specific Australian Standards;
  • be able to produce set or environmental design concepts including technical drawing/illustration, utilising CAD and modelling, and other methods: and
  • be able to creatively respond to a range of design briefs.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Environmental design: space, place and time
  • Spatial design: light, sound, object, costume, colour and form
  • Spatial design processes
  • AS1100 and other Australian and International Standards
  • Situational needs anyalysis
  • CAD


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.