The brief

Your culminating Major Design Project will realise the research and development undertaken in Design Studio 5 through the translation of research findings and concept development. The project will demonstrate a synthesis of previously learned disciplinary specialisations, theory, research, and contextual studies with reference to more than one studio discipline / area of practice in the finished project.

Student reflection

Studios 5 and 6 were combined across two terms and allowed you to develop and respond to a project provocation. I decided to address the issues surrounding aged care in Australia. The project I developed aimed at improving the emotional wellbeing of elderly people moving into aged care through textiles and graphics. Nuno provides elderly people with the opportunity to bring their home into aged care through textiles, as well as creating connections with family, other residents, and the wider community. The Nuno felted blanket can be dyed with flora from one’s garden or can be screen print inspired by their surrounding landscape, or favourite place.

Nuno provides people with the opportunity to participate in a Nuno felting workshop located within the aged care facility, ensuring each person’s needs are considered with the right care and support. The studio course allowed me to develop a project that I was passionate about and allowed me to research, reflect, experiment, and iterate, pushing my design further. The course allowed me to collaborate with students from other discipline’s and gave me the opportunity to develop a mentorship with designers in the industry. This collaboration allowed me to look at the project from new angles and address the gaps in the project. The project brief encouraged me to address the ethics of design and create a project that engaged with accessibility and sustainability. This allowed me to create a framework for my project. Overall, the brief for studios 5 & 6 were broad and sometimes challenging however, it allowed me to create my own design brief and take a project into the industry that reflected who I am becoming as a designer.


Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.