• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Ethics, Design Arts, Materials, Sustainability, Creative Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Beck Davis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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In this course, students are challenged by the provocation of “why make anything for a world already full of stuff”? This requires students to reconcile their design decisions, processes, materials and choice of making in consideration to some of the most important challenges of our time.


Students will be asked to consider the ethics of design and making through the lens our relationship to the environment and ecology. Students will engage in reparative practices and design projects that provide a counter-narrative to the economic concepts of infinite growth and infinite resource. Through this course students will learn and practice design thinking and making skills that enable them to independently and collaboratively understanding and respond to the impacts of resource extraction by developing design-based solutions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. develop and resolve original design responses and prototypes that critically engage with the environmental impacts of resource extraction and waste in response to assessment tasks;
  2. identify and experiment with materials and processes that are appropriate to the functional, aesthetic and conceptual requirements of their project;
  3. apply and document incremental refinements of ideas and processes through iterative design and critical reflection; and
  4. research and demonstrate an understanding of local, global, historical, and theoretical contexts relevant to production-consumption cycles and their ecological impacts.

Other Information

School 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 Assessment

  1. Design Project 1: Waste Not (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research Presentation (20) [LO 4]
  3. Design Project 2: Ecological Solutions (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks;

b) 94 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.

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 permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed DESN6012, DESA2017 or DESA6017.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to engage in some independent learning to acquire non-taught skills and processes as needed for the projects they design and develop.

Fees

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:
12
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
6840 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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