This course draws upon developing intermediate to advanced furniture design skills to investigate the support of the human body in the near environment. Topics covered include observations regarding humans seeking bodily support from objects and the environment (when, where and why we perch, lean, sit, lounge, lie down), exploring objects that interface with the body to dictate behaviour or present emotional/narrative content, creative ideation, ergonomics, scale drawings, mock-ups, approaches to scaffolding intersecting parts in free space, and the use of jigs for supporting curves. Students will work both during and outside of class to design and make a series of works related to the physical support of the human body. The course is taught by a combination of readings, lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and supervised practice that exposes students to a combination of technology, theory, history, and design and making processes. Workplace health and safety instruction is an integral part of this course.
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:
- Demonstrate competency with a range of higher level technical skills in creating complex structures including intersecting components and/or curved components;
- Apply knowledge of the functional, conceptual, historical and theoretical contexts through development and execution of studio projects and research;
- Demonstrate critical reflection and contextual understanding on own work and that of other artists/designers through journals, discussions, and presentations.
Other InformationStudents may enrol in this course more than once. This course may be taken up to two times for a maximum of 12 units credit. This course can only be counted once towards a major or minor.
Indicative AssessmentPortfolio of studio work and visual journal (80%) Learning Outcomes 1-3
Documentation (20%) Learning Outcomes 2-3
Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide ongoing feedback on work in progress.
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and
b) 82 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingPapanek, Victor. Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change (London: Thames & Hudson, 1984).
Cranz, Galen The chair : rethinking culture, body, and design. W.W. Norton, New York, 2000.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7844||27 Jul 2020||03 Aug 2020||31 Aug 2020||30 Oct 2020||In Person||N/A|