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

In our increasingly computerised and networked society, designers and creative practitioners are faced with exciting new opportunities to incorporate computation into their production processes. Dynamic design embraces the constant change and variability of digital media, crafting flexible, interactive systems. Generative design takes up the potential of computing as a process, using rules and systems to create otherwise impossible physical and visual forms. The designed systems that result can give rise to endless variations in form and outcome, challenging traditional notions of design and object. To explore these ideas and opportunities, this course takes a practical, production-focused approach to computer-based generative techniques and design for dynamic content. It introduces skills and techniques with broad application which students may employ in image-making, visualisation, video and animation, interactive media, or 3D design for objects and structures. 

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Adapt, apply and extend key concepts and techniques of dynamic and generative design.
  2. Apply generative and dynamic processes to specific cultural and design contexts through an innovative design project.
  3. Conduct research into design theories, artefacts and processes, and extend knowledge through creative production.
  4. Substantiate design outcomes with research and rationale.

Indicative Assessment

Generative and Dynamic Techniques: Sketches and Exercises (30%) Learning Outcome 1
Generative and Dynamic Design Project (50%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3
Research and Rationale, 2000 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide formative feedback on work in progress.

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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 DESN6002. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed DESN2004.

Preliminary Reading

Hartmut Bohnacker, Generative Design : Visualize, Program, and Create with Processing. Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.
Luna Maurer, Edo Paulus, Jonathan Puckey and Roel Wouters, Conditional Design Manifesto. https://conditionaldesign.org/manifesto/
Mitchell Whitelaw, “Space filling And Self-Constraint: Critical Case Studies in Generative Geometry.” Architectural Theory Review, 15(2), pp.157–165.
Gerstner, K. (1964). Designing programmes. Lars Müller Publishers.
Müller-Brockmann, J. (2012). Grid systems in graphic design: A visual communication manual for graphic designers, typographers and three dimensional designers.
Tschichold, J. (1995). The new typography: A handbook for modern designers. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Assumed Knowledge

Familiarity with basic computer programming techniques for graphics and design.


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

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9656 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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