- Code DESN1004
- 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 History, Digital Arts, Visual Arts, Digital Humanities, Design
- Academic career UGRD
- Ella Barclay
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2023
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The early decades of the twenty-first century have been marked by substantial ecological, economic, political, technological and social transformation, compelling us to ask how it is that we have arrived at this contemporary moment? As designers, what strategies can we employ to combat the grand challenges currently at stake? How have the innovations, social movements and seismic events of the past influenced our ethics, methods and ideas? This course introduces students to the historical precedents for contemporary design practice and the research and communication methodologies required to contextualise them. Students will learn how to research and analyse the objects, movements and systems of design and how these legacies have impacted design practice today. Employing written, verbal and visual communication, we will explore the cultural conditions that have historically produced innovation and change, the ethics of design history research and the analytical and critical skills to explore and communicate these ideas. This course is suitable for students of design and those with an interest in critically examining the historical conditions that have shaped the designed world in which we live.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- research, develop and evaluate design concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively;
- interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences; and
- recognise and reflect on social, cultural technological, environmental and ethical issues of design in local and international contexts.
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.
- Briefing the boss: annotated bibliography of prescribed design literature (20) [LO 1,2]
- Design object deep dive: critical visual analysis (30) [LO 1,2,3]
- Op-ed: Precedents for current contentions in Design. 1500 word essay. (50) [LO 1,2,3]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: seminars, collaborative research and supervised studio practice; and
b) 94 hours of independent research, reading and writing.
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