6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2018 (On-campus)
- Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
- Trimester 2 2018 (On-campus)
This unit will investigate contemporary issues in the interface of design with society and the environment. Design discourse centered on the moral dichotomies of judgement in design, such as practicality/impracticality, social use/private folly, labour-saving/unneccessary consumption, luxury/environmental nuisance will be critically investigated. The impact of this discourse on the students' areas of specialisation will be specifically addressed in the seminar program.
The Semester 1 program covers material suited to Industrial Design and Interior Architecture, and the Semester 2 program focuses on Visual Communication and Multimedia.
On successful completion of this unit, students will:
- approach existing designs with a critical sense of their deeper social and aesthetic values as well as the popular connotations of their styles
- discern symbolic associations in design and express links with a historical vocabulary of images and metaphors which operate in traditional interpretations
- support their intuitive opinions either in favour of a design or against certain designs with reasoned argument and engage the language of criticism in debating the sense or the vanity of certain spaces and objects
- be able to engage in the imaginative task of analysing design in ways which reveal its strengths and weaknesses
- project discriminating judgements with a sense of critical rigour which explores and challenges the existence of the principles of design
- feel comfortable with iconoclastic views of design classics wherever a coherent or poetic reason for disapproval seems justified.
Written assignment 2000 words (30%)
Essay 3000 words (60%)
Short class presentation, attendance and participation (10%)
12 hours per week including, 3 hours lectures and seminars and 9 hours independent study weekly, or equivalent.
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