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DESN1001: Design Theory and Culture

The role of design, and the designer, within contemporary society, is continuously evolving. This unit provides a concise overview of the evolution of design over the last century, drawing on some of the prominent theoretical frameworks, practices and perspectives that have influenced and shaped the discipline. In this unit, students will explore the shift from traditional production-based practices to human-centred design and more recent thinking around decolonised and post-anthropogenic futures. In interrogating discourse of design theory and culture, students will develop the fundamental principles and skills of scholarly research in the discipline, including locating and evaluating sources, critical thinking and reflection.

Code DESN1001
Academic unit Design Lab
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand and identify historical and contemporary theories relevant to the design discipline
  • LO2. identify and critically analyse theories that form the basis of design cultures
  • LO3. apply appropriate design research methodologies to support research activity
  • LO4. demonstrate a deep understanding of critical reflection
  • LO5. communicate concepts visually and present in a professional manner