• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Design practice-led research results in a creative output such as a design project, a portfolio of theoretical designs or crafted objects, or an exploration of a practical aspect design technology. This creative output is based on a traditional research process that involves identifying research questions, undertaking a theoretical and contextual review (which may include visual art and design objects and projects), gathering and analysing data, and articulating the original contribution that the creative output makes. A written exegesis and oral presentation allows for a clear articulation of the research and processes undertaken.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically reflect upon the research project and explain the decision-making processes to demonstrate the ability to assemble/design and install/exhibit a coherent body of studio work;
  2. synthesise studio and related research and articulate research question/s, methodologies, methods, and processes;
  3. analyse, evaluate, and communicate relevant historical and contemporary theory, methods and practices and relate them to the projects concerns; and
  4. document, communicate and present research processes, methods, and outcomes

Indicative Assessment

  1. Exegesis communicating the work made in THES4105, 7000 - 7500 words (75) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Design Research Presentation (assessment panel of at least two staff members) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: seminars, reading groups, drop-in sessions, and/or critiques.

b) 224 hours of independent study consisting of a combination of 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) and have completed DESN4011.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable.


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12 units

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12.00 0.25000
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