Spatial Design Research and Development

Research methods, processes and practices for Spatial Design and their application through a research project.

Course code

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Spatial Design

Course planning information

Course notes

In this course students explore research methods, processes and practices for Spatial Design and their application. Through a research project chosen and developed by the student, working between the practice of making and critical writing as a method of research.

Prerequisite courses

Complete first
B- average over 224358 and 237330; or B- average over 224352 and 224381; or PGDipDes admission

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Demonstrate a critical understanding of creative research methods and contexts. [Graduate Profile: Understanding - Matauranga A2]
  • 2 Be intellectually curious and adaptable, willing to embrace new ideas and accommodate risk and uncertainty. [Graduate Profile: Creativity - Toi B1]
  • 3 Apply research methods to generate ideas, proposals, creative works and arguments. [Graduate Profile: Creativity - Toi C1]
  • 4 Explore creative research processes in order to transform ideas into material outcomes. [Graduate Profile: Virtuosity - Mohio, D3]
  • 5 Demonstrate strong visual, oral and written communication skills. [Graduate Profile: Connectedness –Whanaungatanga E1]

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Creative compositions 1 2 3 4 5 100%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

There are no set texts for this course.