• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts, Design

In this course we examine speculative and critical design methodologies which challenge the narrow assumptions and preconceptions that typically limit the form and function of designed artefacts. These methodologies look beyond a functional instrumentalism to consider how design can be used to incite mindful reflection rather than blind consumption, as well as address society's “wicked problems”. The processes and practices considered involve designers imagining futures based on current technological and cultural trajectories; but rather than accepting those trajectories, design is used as an instrument to incite change and alter their direction. The course uses design projects as the main vehicle for the exploration of speculative design theories and methodologies. The projects are not confined to any particular medium or discipline but require students to question what they produce and why.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply design as a cultural practice with complex agendas and implications for society.
  2. Design and produce artefacts that embody complex critical ideas and values.
  3. Conduct research into design theories, artefacts and processes, and apply findings to creative production.
  4. Substantiate design outcomes with research and rationale.

Indicative Assessment

Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1,3,4
Research report, 1200 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 1,3,4
Speculative design project (50%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Project rationale, 1200 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 1,3,4
 
Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide formative feedback on work in progress.
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact comprising lectures, tutorials / workshops.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ARTV1020 or ARTV1021 or ARTV1022 or ARTV1032 or ARTV1033 or DESA1020 or DESA1021 or DESA1022 or DESN1001 or DESN1002.

Indicative Reading List

Dunne, A., & Raby, F. (n.d.). Speculative everything: Design, fiction, and social dreaming.
 
Dunne, A. (1999). Hertzian tales: Electronic products, aesthetic experience and critical design. London: RCA CRD Research.
 

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Fees

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:
Band 1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2652
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5043 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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