• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Ethics, Design Arts, Materials, Sustainability, Creative Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Mitchell Whitelaw
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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Through this course students will develop knowledge and a tool kit of skills enabling them to independently conceptualise, orchestrate and create a project that engages with issues of waste as both a problem of and for design.

Students are challenged by the provocation of “why make anything for a world already full of stuff”? This requires students to reconcile their design decisions, processes, materials and choice of making in consideration to some of the most important challenges of our time.

Documentation of the process of making will be fundamental. Emphasis will be placed on developing work that is capable of changing the way we produce, consume and understand domestic objects.

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. engage with issues of waste to define a problem-setting and a project brief;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the local and global context for which objects are produced;
  3. transformative reuse, repair and intervention of existing materials or objects to create work that is conceptually and critically resolved;
  4. demonstrate and document incremental refinement of ideas and processes through iteration and critical reflection; and
  5. engage with historical and theoretical contexts relevant to design, ethics and the production and consumption of the domestic object.

Other Information

School of Art & Design studio courses have a limited enrolment capacity. Students are advised to enrol as early as possible to maximise the opportunity of securing a place.

Indicative Assessment

Portfolio of studio work (50%) Learning outcomes 1-4
Presentation, including accompanying notes and visual materials, 5 minutes (30%) Learning outcomes 1-5
Journal/Documentation (20%) Learning outcomes 2-5
Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide ongoing feedback on work in progress.

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials and critiques; and
b) 94 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of courses towards an ANU degree, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed DESN6012, DESA2017 or DESA6017.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have the ability to independently produce prototypes and works/objects utilising manual or digital (CAD/CAM) processes.



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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
9894 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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