- Code DESN1003
- 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 Digital Arts, Visual Arts, Design Arts, Digital Humanities
- Academic career UGRD
- Pia van Gelder
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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Contemporary design is a vibrant field of practice characterised by applied creativity, engagement and collaboration as well as the art and craft of making. Definitions of design practice are being reformulated in response to rapid changes in technology, society and environment; design now moves across a wide range of different media, materials and contexts. In the early decades of the twenty-first century we take stock of contemporary design practice, where it has come from, and where it is going.
This course provides a grounding in concepts, practices and issues in contemporary design. Through a combination of practical work, case studies, readings and research, students will develop a critical understanding of design as a discipline in the modern context; its concepts, artefacts, processes and practices. Key themes include functional and aesthetic value; design methods and processes; planning, intention and making; and the social roles and cultural contexts of design.
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:
- develop and produce designs in response to a creative brief;
- articulate design processes applied in practical design projects;
- demonstrate knowledge of the contemporary forms of design and their historic origins; and
- demonstrate a critical perspective on design concepts, artefacts and practices.
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.
Indicative AssessmentDesign projects (50%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2
Design practice case study, 750 words (20%) Learning outcomes 3, 4
Process report, 750 words (20%) Learning outcomes 2-4
Participation (10%) Learning outcomes 1, 3, 4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 45 hours of contact over 12 weeks of lectures and tutorials/workshops; and
b) 85 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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