- 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
- Dr Rebekah Davis
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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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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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4472||24 Feb 2020||02 Mar 2020||08 May 2020||05 Jun 2020||In Person||N/A|