• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Visual Arts, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Christina Clarke
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course examines the evolution of design in a century of unprecedented technological development and social change, from the Modernist utopianism of the Bauhaus to the swiftly-shifting ground of contemporary design practice. We will study how design shapes society and vice-versa, with particular focus on architecture and space, objects and furniture, and communication and digital design. Historically, the course explores Modernism and its inheritances, as well as addressing the theories, innovations and challenges underpinning contemporary design such as sustainability and futuring, disciplined and undisciplined design, speculative design and participatory design.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe and analyse major developments in design from 1919 to the present;
  2. contextualise contemporary design practice;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of how design both shapes and is shaped by society; and
  4. research and access information on historical and contemporary design.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial participation (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Object analysis, 1,000 words (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research essay, 2,000 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Visual test (30) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks comprising lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of courses towards an ANU degree, or with the permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH6043.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course.

Preliminary Reading

Grace Lees-Maffei and Rebecca Houze (eds). The Design History Reader. Oxford; New York: Berg Publishers, 2010.

Elizabeth Wilhilde. Design: The Whole Story. London: Thames & Hudson, 2016.

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:
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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
7041 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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