• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Finance, Central Asia Studies, Film
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Naomi Hay
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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This course grounds students in theoretical and methodological issues at the intersection of design and research. It contextualises contemporary design discourse and practice, and their relation to knowledge, research and production. Practice-led studio research results in creative explorations in design, such as a design project, a portfolio of theoretical designs or crafted objects, or an exploration of design technologies. This creative investigation is based on research processes that involve identifying research questions, undertaking a theoretical and contextual review, gathering and analysing data, and identifying, applying, and describing methodologies and methods. A written research proposal and oral presentation allows for a clear articulation of the development of the research and processes undertaken.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. navigate and contextualise contemporary design discourses and practices;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of key theoretical and methodological models of design practice in relation to research;
  3. critically analyse and interpret research in, for and through design;
  4. apply relevant theories and methods to formulate a design research project; and
  5. document and critically reflect on design processes and creative investigations.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Design Research Presentation (15-20 minutes) (25) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Annotated Bibliography 2500 words (25) [LO 1,2,5]
  3. Project Proposal 3500 - 4000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours contact over 12 weeks consisting of workshop, workshop-like activities; and

b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) (HDESN).

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable.


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:
12 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.

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $7320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $10200
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3872 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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