A brief is a concise document that explains what is wanted and why (the conceptual statement) and lists the characteristics that an outcome must demonstrate to be acceptable (the specifications).
Brief development is a dynamic process – an initial brief is progressively refined to describe and justify the outcome that has been developed.
In these two videos students share their ideas on specifications for two famous outcomes and creating an initial brief for their own practice.
Maia Holder-Monk was one of the lucky year 13 students who designed and constructed a wearable art costume to be displayed in the Te Papa Store window. Maia was initially given some broad attributes required by Te Papa. These attributes grew into a fully developed brief as she researched and made her costume for the window display.
Tēnei au was an integrated reo Māori, English, and technology project for year 9. It involved a teacher inquiry about getting to know her students and learning inquiries focused on brief development and language skills.
Acknowledgment: This paper is derived from an earlier version by Dr Vicki Compton and Cliff Harwood.