DES113 Spatial Design (8)

This subject introduces students to a range of roles and responsibilities in environmental design, including the requisite time and financial planning skills, and computer aided design (CAD) skills and drawing for a range of spatial design outcomes. Students explore the relationship between contextual analysis to the organisational principles of space and place. Students undertake projects through the use of designer-led approaches to the analysis, visualisation and construction of environments, students undertake projects responding to site-specific contextual needs.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DES113. 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 Incompatible subject
DES107 Incompatible 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;
  • be able to perform contextual needs analysis as an environmental design process;
  • be able to explain the relationship between contextual analysis and the organisational principles of space;
  • be able to recognise and respond to architectural and other contextual influences;
  • be able to execute projects to specific Australian Standards;
  • be able to produce designs including technical drawing/illustration, utilising CAD and modelling, and other methods; and
  • be able to creatively respond to design briefs.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Spatial design: roles and responsibilities
  • Contextual needs analysis
  • Organisational principles of spatial design
  • Environmental design: space, place and time
  • Spatial design considerations: processes, light, sound, object, colour and form
  • AS1100 and other Australian and International Standards Geometry
  • CAD
  • Freehand and instrument drawing
  • Presentation techniques: composition, colour, rendering, 3D modelling and fly throughs
  • Graphical image and file formats
  • Architectural and other contextual influences
  • Drawings using plane, solid and surface

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of DES113 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Design and designers
Spatial design project

Special Resources

Autodesk Inventor software - available, at the time of writing, free of charge for educational purposes.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.