Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. analyse and define aesthetic elements and their application within a design context
  2. analyse and interpret indigenous perspectives and applications of aesthetics and spatial experience in built environment
  3. analyse design exemplars and interpret the social context in which they are constructed through site visits
  4. reinterpret a design aesthetic into a creative work that is informed by research
  5. communicate a well-structured, evidence-based discussion on the perception and experience of space.
  • Topics

    • Basic Design Principles
    • Gestalt
    • Colour
    • Essay Writing
    • Phenomenology
    • Symbolism
    • Expression and Interpretation
    • Case Study
    • Follies
    • Avenues to Design Thinking
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Wikis
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

Entry Requirements


Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    Access to hardware: webcam, speakers and microphone

This subject was previously known as Interior Architecture Experience and Aesthetics.

In this unit students will examine international and local design precedents using aesthetic theory and cultural perspectives including those of indigenous peoples. Students will analyse the aesthetics of spatial exemplars in order to understand the composition of elements and how and why they evoke certain experiences. Through creative practice, students will also learn how to actively implement aesthetics into spatial design to elicit desired experiences.

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  • Presentation (35%)
  • Group Research Project (30%)
  • Case Study (35%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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Related Degrees

undergraduate CUR-AIA-DEG-2018

Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture)

  • Level Four Subjects
  • Level Four Subjects - Honours Stream