Design Portfolio Preparation


18 hours


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Next Intake

To be determined


Explore design and portfolio preparation in a supportive environment. This course is an introduction to concept development and schematic design. A qualified professional will support and encourage you to explore design areas such as architecture, landscape, interior design and planning. This will include initial design drawings concepts, design language, model making, schematic plans, elevations and sections as well as presentation techniques and related skills.

Course content

  • Initial design drawing and concepts
  • Design language.
  • Creating form including internal and external space through model making.
  • Generating Concepts.
  • Schematic Plans, Elevation and Sections.
  • Presentation board and techniques.
  • Folio preparation for further design studies.
  • Discussion about programs offered by RMIT.


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How to enrol

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You are recommended to have basic design knowledge or be willing to learn about design process. Student are required to spend some time to do research outside of the class which will facilitate their learning.

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

Suited to

This short course also accommodate students with existing design folio and looking at improving their own, through graphics representations, concepts/ideas developments and presentation techniques/folio layout. Verbal presentation technique can also be discussed with the course leader.


  • Awareness and approaches to stimulate creativity and individuality.
  • Increased awareness of concept development and design methods.
  • Improved presentation and communication skills for design proposals.
  • Students will also learn how to develop ideas through concept development, process, sketching and precedent research.
  • Career advice will be provided including discussion about different pathways that RMIT can offer to achieve their goal.

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    Facilitator: Ave Sonah

    Ave Sonah is really passionate about teaching and cultivating his students’ passions, aiming to inspire them to design great projects. ‘The most exciting parts of teaching are class discussions involving creativity agenda, design process and sharing ideas with my students.'

    'I love design and its ability to create spaces that evoke emotions. I knew that with the right mentoring and guidance, creativity can be triggered and carried forward as a career path.'

    Student reviews

    Front cover of design portfolio by Stephanie Pyalanda including leaf patterns and contents page

    Stephanie Pyalanda completed the Design Portfolio preparation course with Ave Sonah.

    'I found the course to be immensely helpful as an initial first step. It gave me confidence in my abilities and that my portfolio demonstrated key design concepts and criteria. Ave was singular as well, such an encouraging and enthusiastic teacher.'

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