• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Naomi Hay
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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Design Thinking describes processes involving the application of user research, ideation, participation, and collaboration for problem-solving and innovation in a wide range of cultural contexts. In practice, Design Thinking embraces rapid iteration, prototyping, co-design and participatory design, empathic design, design probes, and other ethnographic and user-centred methods. The course asks students to apply critical thinking in design methodologies, theories and processes through problem articulation, conducting research, conceptual development, context analysis and creative production. Students will also investigate, critically interpret, and reflect upon the defining concepts and theories of this domain. This course has relevance to a broad set of disciplines and especially to design practitioners seeking new approaches for ideation, engagement and innovation. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate and apply critical thinking through design methodologies, theories, and processes;
  2. articulate design problems and develop innovative design solutions through creative practice;
  3. conduct research into design artefacts and processes, and apply findings to creative production;
  4. document and critically reflect on design processes and outcomes.

Indicative Assessment

  1. User research report and/or presentation (1200 words) (25) [LO 1,3,4]
  2. Design project (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Project rationale report (1200 words) (25) [LO 1,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact comprising lectures, tutorials / workshops.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of undergraduate study.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Preliminary Reading

Readings and resources will be provided via the course Wattle site.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2023 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
7486 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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