Santiago Travelling Studio

Subject ABPL90261 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 100 hours
Total Time Commitment:

240 hours


Admission to a degree in the Melbourne School of Design.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Travelling studios are working laboratories for design thought and production and involve the exploration of complex, real-life issues. They expose students to unfamiliar cultures, places and people and stimulate their ability to think creatively and problem solve. The Santiago studio will be led by different staff members each time it is run and will engage learning in more than one of the Faculty’s disciplines, thus encouraging an interdisciplinary focus.

The Santiago studio will explore the interface between development and coastal landscape along the Chilean coast. It will look at the impact of migration to the coast by people escaping the pressures of urban life: a phenomenon occurring in many places across the globe. With this migration comes development to accommodate the population increase. Students will consider how development can be shaped to maintain environmental quality and respond to predicted climate changes.

Pre-trip briefings or seminars will precede the travel component of the studio. The studio will incur travel costs, in addition to tuition fees. Faculty subsidies will, however, be available.

  • To encourage students to identify and engage critically with issues of environmental sustainability and social and cultural difference in an international setting.
  • To stimulate creative thinking and problem solving within students through their experience of how local issues govern planning, design and construction processes in a particular location.
  • Pre-trip research Power Point presentation (20%), due week 6 of semester 2.
  • On-site design development package (30%), due week 8 of semester 2.
  • Final design package equivalent to 5000 words (40%), due week 12 of semester 2.
  • Post-trip presentation to the Faculty (10%), due week 12 of semester 2.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • Understanding and navigating social and cultural difference.
  • Knowledge transfer.
  • Organisational collaboration.
  • Managing risk.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects (without prerequisites)

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