Course Title: History and Theory of Design 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: History and Theory of Design 1

Credit Points: 12.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet3 2017,
Viet1 2018,
Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018

Course Coordinator: Rachel Jahja

Course Coordinator Phone: +84 28 3776 1300

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: SGS; RMIT Vietnam

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No pre-requisites (degree admission requirements only)

Course Description

This course introduces you to design theory and history in a global context. You will explore the history of design from its historical origins and development of new design approaches into the present time. You will approach the history with a focus on the various design movements at various times: how they were influenced by, and embodied, their political, social and economic contexts.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate these course learning outcomes:

  1. Identify and describe key movements and epochs in the history and theory of design and art.
  2. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of the place that design and art holds in society.
  3. In reference to a body of knowledge, identify a personal position.
  4. Formulate end express critical positions, both written and verbal.

This course supports your development in these program learning outcomes:

  • Critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge from the history of design, and adapt this knowledge to diverse social, ethical and cultural contexts.
  • Critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge of diverse design theories, concepts and approaches, and adapt this knowledge to local and international contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online resources through RMIT Vietnam University Library.

Overview of Assessment

Group presentation; 20%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3


Written assignment 1; 30%

Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4


Written assignment 2; 50%

Linked CLOs: 2, 4