Course Title: Research and apply the history and theory of design to design practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: GRAP9422C

Course Title: Research and apply the history and theory of design to design practice

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4158 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Annette Cook

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 65

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to research and analyse the history and theory of design for application to design practice. This is a core unit for designers and provides underpinning skills and knowledge development for all units at this level.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDSP04A Research and apply the history and theory of design and design practice


Link research to design practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Critically evaluate information in the context of current design practice and philosophy

2.2 Assess ways in which aspects of design history and theory may be adapted, challenged for current practice

2.3 Develop positions in relation to design history and theory to inform current practice


Research design history and theory

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify relevant sources of information on design history and theory

1.2 Use formal and informal research techniques appropriately to access information

1.3 Organise research materials and findings for current and future use in design practice by self and others in a manner which facilitates easy access and cross-referencing


Update and maintain knowledge of design trends

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and use opportunities to update and expand knowledge of design trends and developments

3.2 Incorporate and integrate knowledge into design activities

Learning Outcomes

1 Research design history and theory
2 Link research to design practice
3 Update and maintain knowledge of design trends

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in studio based exercises, presentations, lectures, small group work and research based projects.

Teaching Schedule

1 Feb 12 Building 5, 304
Lecture 1. The Consumer Society and Global Warming
Eco Design Technology and its impact on the environmental disaster
Future Perspectives/ 2007 onwards
Introduce Brief 1 “The Weather A”

2 Feb 19
 Building 5, 304
Lecture 2. The Written Word, where it all began, an introduction to the history of written communication and language

3 Feb 26

 Building 5, 304
Lectures 3. The Written Word
Introduce Brief 2 “Communication”
Semi Permanent Conference
4 Mar 5

 Building 5, 304.
Lecture 4. Classicism/aesthetics/the images &concepts of beauty
5 Mar 12
Mon Public Holiday
 Building 5, 304
Lecture 5. Graphic Agitation Post World War 2/Social Revolution/The advent of Consumerism. Featuring design in the 1950’, 60’s and 70’s
Introduce Brief 3 “Beauty and classic design”
6 Mar 19

 NGV Visit : excursion related to technology brief 1.2,1.2,1.3
7 March 26

 Building 5, 304
Lecture 6. Technological Change/Quantum Leaps in Technology
Lecture Connected to NGV visit in March.
Introduce Brief 4 “Quantum leaps in technology”
Submit Brief 1 and 2
8 Apr 2, 3 & 4AGideas Building 5, 304
Lecture 7. Reaction to Technology, late 19th century until 2006 The Arts and Crafts Movement/Art Nouveau and Art Deco on design.
Essay Art Nouveau and Art Deco begun in class Brief 6

 1.1, 1.2, 2.1
2.2, 2.3, 2.4
   EASTER BREAK 5th-15th April. Classes resume on Mon. 16th April. 
9 April 16 Building 5, 304
Lecture 8. Modernism
Modernism/Cubism/ Deconstruction and its impact on contemporary design issues.. 1990’s
Review Brief 3 and Brief 4
 1.1, 1.2, 2.1
2.2, 2.3, 2.4

10 April 23 Building 5, 304
Lecture 9. De Stijl and Bauhaus.
Review of all briefs in class and class workshop
Submit brief 3 and 4
11 April 30 Building 5, 304
Lecture 10. Psychology/Influences on Dada/Surrealism/Alessi Design.
Introduce Brief 6 “Consumer Psychology”
12 May 7 Building 5, 304
Lecture 11. Art Deco and Art Nouveau.

 1.1, 1.2, 2.1
2.2, 2.3, 2.4

13 May 14 Students topic choice/ Celtic/ Gothic/ Other 1.1, 1.2,
2.1,2.2, 2.3

14 May 21

 Building 5, 304
Lecture 12. Technology post the space age and its impact on Design/Pop/OP Art/Op/Retro Design/ return to 1980’s/1990’s, future perspectives/ 2000 onwards

 1.1, 1.2,
2.1,2.2, 2.3

15 May 28 Building 5, 304
Introduce Debate requirements and topics
Submit Brief 5 Art Deco and Art Nouveau essay
 1.1, 1.2, 2.1
2.2, 2.3

16 June 4 Building 5, 304
 1.1, 1.2, 2.1
2.2, 2.3

17 June 11
Monday public holiday
 Building 5, 304
Folio Submission 13th
Submit all outstanding briefs, all documentation for debate and all finished briefs

 1.1, 1.2, 2.1
2.2, 2.3

18 June 18 Tutorial week for international students


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The assessment breakdown will be as follows:
3 briefs @ 20%
2 briefs @ 10%
1 research paper 20%
Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress for each submission.

A final assessment of Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent will be given at the end of the course when students submit all completed work. This assessment will also include a written evaluation. A graded assessment will also occur for this course.

To be deemed competent in the course students must demonstrate competence in all Elements and related Performance Criteria.
This unit is delivered in DESIGN THEORY AND 3D STUDIO in combination with ’3D Design process’.

Assessment Tasks

1x journal 10%
6 x studio briefs 80%
1. The Weather A 20%
2. Communication 10%
3. Beauty and classic design 10%
4. Quantum leaps in technology 10%
5. Art Nouveau and Art Deco Essay 20%
6. Consumer psychology 10%

1 x debate 10%

The participant will be required to keep a journal of notes taken from the lecture series to be presented at the end of the semester.
All briefs will have a visual outcome and will involve research to inform the final resolution.
The debate will involve small group work and the contributions of each team member in the presentation.

Assessment Matrix

HD High Distinction = 80-100%
DI Distinction = 70 -79%
CR Credit = 60 - 69%
PA Pass (Higher Grade Available) = 50 -59%
PX Pass (No Higher Grade Available) -
NN Fail = 0 - 49%
NYC(not yet competent)
CA (competency achieved)

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
Late submissions and single item extensions
In all courses marks are deducted for late submission unless Special Consideration or an Application for Extension is sought. If a student feels they may miss a deadline for a single item submission they may negotiate an extension with their teacher. They must negotiate the extension by the due date of submission. They must complete the Application for Extension form available for the Administration Office on level 3 B515. (This does not apply where there are a number of missed submissions due to general difficulties – see Special Consideration).
Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for ever piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges they are aware of the plagiarism implications noted below.
Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Is also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.
Work not seen in progress
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues.
Course guide is subject to change in relation to project variations.

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