- Code DESN6012
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- engage with issues of waste to define a problem-setting and define a project brief;
- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the local and global context for which objects are produced;
- transformative reuse, repair and intervention of existing materials or objects to create work that is conceptually and critically resolved;
- demonstrate and document incremental refinement of ideas and processes through iteration and critical reflection;
- engage with historical and theoretical contexts relevant to design, ethics and the production and consumption of the domestic object; and,
- present articulate written and oral arguments about theories of objects and their relationship with cultural, social, political and economic challenges and opportunities.
Other InformationSchool 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.
- Portfolio of studio work (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Presentation, including accompanying notes and visual materials, 5 minutes (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Journal/Documentation (20) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Critical evaluation, 1000 words (10) [LO 1,5,6]
- Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide ongoing feedback on work in progress. (null) [LO null]
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Workload130 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
Assumed KnowledgeStudents are expected to have the ability to independently produce prototypes and works/objects utilising manual or digital (CAD/CAM) processes.
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- 6 units
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