GRP225 Experimental Design (8)

This subject will explore ways of combining digital applications with a variety of creative 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.


Session 2 (60)
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

Assumed Knowledge

Equivalent knowledge to VPA104, VPA105 or GRP118
Students are assumed to have a capacity to produce independent content in a range of media forms and industry standard software before entering this project-driven subject.

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 research, design, develop and produce a resolved design outcome in the context of contemporary design practice;
  • be able to apply the principles involved in design 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; and
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of a broad range of design options and associated skills and their application in design.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Designer as researcher
  • Designer as global citizen
  • Designer as activist
  • Environmental and cultural sustainability: designing for whole of life-cycle systems and cultural impact
  • Tools, technology, materials and processes in contemporary design: embracing experimentation
  • Fundamentals of data and information graphics
  • Cultural awareness in design for education and health: stakeholder engagement

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GRP225 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 %
Visualising information: making data accessible
Sustainable design: design sustainability
Designing resilient communities

Special Resources

Adobe Creative Cloud software

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.