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Design space sprouts collaboration

By Leanne Coleman

Certificate IV in residential drafting students have come together with design students in the creative space Certificate IV in residential drafting students have come together with design students in the creative space

A collaborative design space at Charles Darwin University has brought together design-focused disciplines to create a hub of creative thinkers.

CDU Vocational Education and Training drafting students have joined multimedia and design (architecture) students in the space, which features a vertical garden. The living wall aims to promote a cross-fertilisation of ideas between the disciplines using the area.

Architecture and interior design lecturer Marianne Dyason said bringing together students from various disciplines would enhance learning and collaboration.

“This type of collaboration is fundamental to design,” Ms Dyason said. “Bringing people together from different design backgrounds with various skill sets to work together to share ideas is really what design is all about. It also exposes students to similar collaborative situations they will find themselves in after they graduate.”

Ms Dyason said the hub also provided opportunities for students to explore pathways of study in design at CDU.

Bachelor of Design student Helena Hainz, who completed a Diploma of Building Design and Technology in 2013, said she would have been less likely to continue with the higher education course if it had not been linked through the new design space.

“Being closer to the design students motivated me to continue with my higher education degree,” she said. “I wanted to start with the more practical skills you learn as part of the drafting certificate and diploma, which is more technical and construction-focused. Now I can incorporate all those skills into my design degree. It’s great to have all students with similar interests in the same area. It allows the exchange of knowledge and experience between the different courses.”

VET drafting lecturer Lisa Jeffery said there was a lot of over-lap between the courses and the drafting and design students would be working on collaborative community engagement projects in the future.

The design space is also expected to host groups of visiting international students.

The space is located on level 2, building Orange 11.