GRP225 Experimental Design (8)

This subject will explore ways of combining digital applications with a variety of alternative techniques and processes. The emphasis will be on developing a thorough analysis of a design challenge and exploring form, function and approach leading to innovative and imaginative solutions. The students will document and critically examine all stages of the project from their initial concepts through to completion. Sustainability, as well as cultural and ethical issues, will be considered throughout the design process.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GRP225. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse and validate various experimental techniques and processes as a means to producing design solutions
  • be able to critically evaluate ideas from various perspectives (designer, client and consumer) throughout the design process using prototyping, user testing, self-evaluation and critiquing
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to research, design, develop and produce a resolved design outcome in the context of a contemporary design practice.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved in designing for a wide variety of outcomes including a sensitivity to environmental, cultural and ethical issues
  • be able to apply technical, creative and theoretical skills to take an idea from concept to production ready artwork
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the broad range of design options and associated


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Creation and development of visual responses: design theory, typography, aesthetics, composition and construction of meaning
  • Approaches to information design/architecture
  • Design process and practice (includes meta-disciplinary approaches)
  • Environmental and cultural sustainability and its associated design implications in whole of life-cycle systems
  • Cultural preservation and cultural creation
  • Contemporary design in context: recognition and understanding issues related to the cognitive, social, cultural, physical, technological and economic
  • Utilisation of tools and technology and their influences on exploration and innovation


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.