- Code ARTH6043
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically engage with the literature on major developments in design from 1919 to the present;
- contextualise contemporary design practice;
- demonstrate a critical understanding of how design both shapes and is shaped by society;
- research and interrogate primary and secondary sources on historical and contemporary design; and
- speak with confidence and write about twentieth-century and contemporary design at an advanced level.
- Conference paper with slide presentation, 20 minutes (25%) and associated written paper of 3000 words (25%) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research article for a relevant peer-reviewed journal, 3000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There are no prescribed texts for this course.
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.
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