• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Design Art
  • Areas of interest Design Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Richard Whiteley
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course foregrounds design as a process and combines individual studio–based exploration of discipline specific materials and approaches together with input from accomplished staff and peers within the Craft and Design areas across the ANU’s School of Art.  
Based on the Independent Work Proposal (IWP), students will develop design solutions relevant to their project. The development of these solutions will be supported though tutorials, demonstrations and discussions within the relevant major discipline of study. Student projects will be informed by Craft and Design thinking, including the framing of a design problem (IWP) and its discipline specific interpretation and ideation. The mapping of autonomous craft practice onto design processes will include experimentation with a range of materials and production techniques including but not limited to the use of digital technologies.

The strength of this course rests in its integration of traditional and contemporary approaches to making: designing through making. Students will develop skills in documentation and communication of their project's evolution. Weekly and cross-discipline forums will provide for critical and contextual discussions relevant to their academic and design development.

Students will learn how to research and work in a safe manner. Workplace Health and Safety instruction is an integral part of this course and will be handled within each Workshop.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Plan and execute a design-based project.
  2. Demonstrate a high level of skill in the application of relevant technologies and practical processes.
  3. Consider their own design work in relation to broader cultural contexts.
  4. Effectively interpret, communicate and present ideas suited to the project through integration of concepts and processes.
  5. Demonstrate expanded awareness of historical and theoretical contexts for art and design practice and consider their own work in relation to broader cultural contexts.

Indicative Assessment

Portfolio of studio work (80%)  [LOs 1 – 5]

Journal/Documentation/Studio Theory presentation (20%) [LOs 3 – 5]

Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide ongoing feedback on work in progress.

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4 hours per week of lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice and 6 hours a week independent studio practice (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Design Arts and must have successfully completed DESA2108 AND DESA2109, or DESA2207 AND DESA2209, or DESA2304 or DESA2308 AND DESA2309, or ARTV1901 AND ARTV1902 AND DESA2906 AND DESA2907 AND DESA2908 AND DESA2909, or DESA2404 or DESA2408 AND DESA2409, or DESA2104 or DESA2203 or DESA2204 or DESA2002 or DESA3001. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV2105 or ARTV2205 or ARTV2305 or ARTV2405 or ARTV2905 or ARTV3026 or ARTV3103 or ARTV3215 or ARTV3301 or ARTV3401 or ARTV3901 or DESA2105 or DESA2205 or DESA2305 or DESA2405 or DESA2905 or DESA3002 or DESA3101 or DESA3201 or DESA3301 or DESA3401 or DESA3901.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4104 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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