Course Title: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4322 Certificate IV in Design

Course Title: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 65

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


320T Architecture & Design


Term1 2013,
Term2 2013,
Term1 2014,
Term2 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term2 2015,
Term2 2016

Course Contact: Ruth Lyon

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9126

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this course you will explore a broad range of 20th and 21st century art and design including some eras prior. You will examine how the legacy of past design theory and practice informs contemporary design. You will apply this design knowledge to design ideas in exercises and briefs to produce refined design outcomes.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


This course is delivered in conjunction with VART6282 Drawing to communicate ideas.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES305A Source and apply information on the history and theory of design


1. Collect information on history and theory of design

2. Apply information to own area of work

3. Update and maintain knowledge of design trends

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks.

Assessment tasks are:
1. Class tasks 20%
2. Extended research 50%
3. Essay and design response 30%

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