RMIT Industrial Design has three categories of design studio each dealing with different approaches and contexts for design. Students undertake one studio from each of these categories in their second and third years and in their final semester of year three choose one studio from any category to develop as an area of specialisation that will inform design research activities in the final year of the program.

Critical and Creative Concerns
This studio focuses on emerging discourses of creative practice and its intersections with art, sociology, architecture, the sciences and other design and innovation. Undertaking design within a thematically defined proposition, this studio looks at how design might respond to social, technical and methodological issues and opportunities. Past Critical and Creative Concerns studio tutorials include: Time For Yourself, Design as Narrative, Around Sound, How to Make It, Brewing Senses, Synaesthesia, The Body in Design, Intangible Topographies, Evacuate, Container for Living, Exhibition Design and the Expressive Interface.

Design in Industry
Industry partners including product design consultancies and the design studios of manufacturing businesses in Australia and abroad. Students learn how to manage design projects and contribute creatively through design in response to the needs of both the client and the design enterprise. Past Design in Industry studio tutorials include: Eco Moto, Toy Design, Hack Espresso, Swipe and Drive Public Car, Charlwood Design, Share Bike, Soft Machina, Zerocar, Campaign Project, Greenspeed, Knog Design, Buro North, Child’s Play, Inside-Outside of Cars and Transition.

Design in the Research Context
This design studio focuses on design research and converting it into testable and robust design propositions and projects. The studio is conducted in collaboration with industry, community stakeholders and research groups within universities. Project outcomes extend to design and design strategy, sustainability and technical innovation in the domains of the service and manufacturing sectors in Australia and abroad. Past Design in Research Context studio tutorials include: Urban Commons Living Laboratory, Towards Ecoville, Sustainable Vacation, Sustainability Think Tank, Eco innovators, Paperless Schooling, Nextgen, Fifth Goal, Mobility for Humans, Building Community, Tools for Conviviality and This Side of Pinnaroo.

Digital Practice
Digital Practice offers you a set of choices of design studio projects that focus on emerging discourses of digital practice in the broad field of industrial design and its intersections with art, science, engineering and other design and innovative discourses. These projects may be in collaboration with industry and community stakeholders and partners, research groups within universities and the research and development teams in the design, strategy, and technical innovation sectors from Australia and abroad. You will learn various methods of undertaking research and digital practice, and will apply specialised methods of design development, iteration, presentation and prototyping.