This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work proactively with a client or commissioning organisation to develop and negotiate a design brief.  It applies to individuals working in any industry or design context where the designer plays a key role in determining the scope and nature of work required. Establishment, negotiation and refinement of a design brief requires the integration of highly-developed creative thinking, communication and planning skills in a process that may not be linear. Adaptability and effective responses to change and new ideas are crucial.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each competency unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of project and work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - develop and finalise at least TWO design briefs for a specific industry purpose, and; - demonstrate highly-developed interpersonal skills, self-evaluation techniques and the ability to seek expert advice when required. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - discuss the legal issues that affect negotiations and contracts in the relevant work context; - explain the design process within the specific industry context/design discipline; - compare and contrast the scope, nature and potential variations that occur within design briefs relevant to a specific context, and; - identify sources of information to assist the development of design concepts within a specific industry context.

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