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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: GRAP5305C

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

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4322 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Ruth Lyon

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9126

Course Contact Email:ruth.lyon@rmit.edu.au


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

None

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

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.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

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

Element:

1. Collect information on history and theory of design

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access relevant sources of information on design history and theory
1.2 Organize research material and findings for current or future use in design practice, in a manner which facilitates easy access and cross-referencing

Element:

2. Apply information to own area of work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Evaluate information in the context of current design practice
2.2 Assess ways in which aspects of information on design history and theory could be used or adapted to inform current practice
2.3 Use relevant information in a culturally appropriate way to develop an understanding of own area of work

Element:

3. 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


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.


Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using
industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry
style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities will include:
• lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects
• analysis/critique design styles and constructs
Out of class activities will include:
• visits to suggested current exhibitions
Independant research


Teaching Schedule

 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources. 
WeekTimetable of ActivitiesPerformance Criteria
1Introduce the history and Theory of Design TNA questionnaire
Lecture 1:The written word Pictographs/pictograms
Introduction to Task 1: Pictographic Form - Due Week 6
 
1,2
2Lecture 2 Art Deco & Art Nouveau
Introduction of Task 2: Critical Analysis
Workshop on Task 1: Pictographic Form
 
1,2
3Task 2: Art Deco Art Nouveau Critical Analysis essay,
OPEN BOOK response in class
 
1,2,3
4Public Holiday
No Class
 
1,2,3
5Lecture 3: Modernist movements and their impacts on design- Cubism Futurism/Constructivism/Deconstruction
Introduction to Research Task 3:The Knowledge Pool: Due week 7
An individual research project.
Selection of topics of research made.
Continue with Task 1
 
1,2,3
6Lecture 4: Modernist movements and their impacts on design De Stijl/ Minimalism/ Bauhaus Design
Continue Task 3: The Knowledge Pool
Submit Task 1: Pictographic Form
 
1,2,3
 Mid Term break 
7Lecture 5: Modernist movements and their impacts on design- Dada/ Surrealism
Submit Task 3: Knowledge Pool
 
1,2,3
8Lecture 6: Pop/Pop Surrealism/Punk/Steam Punk impacts on contemporary design1,2,3
9Lecture 7: The Decades of the 20C. 1950’s and 60’s- Design Styles of the decades, Sustainability in design, Social Justice and Graphic Agitation
Introduction to: Project 2. Option a)
Produce a poster/ postcard depicting style of any chosen design area
 
1,2,3
10Lecture 8: Introduction to Project 1 a Power Point on-Cradle to Cradle and Sustainable design, Eco Re Design
Organise teams
Introduction to: Project 2. Option b)
Workshop poster/postcard on design styles or for an Environmental Cause/ Political and controversial issue arising from the issue of sustainability
 
1,2,3
11Project 1, 2 and 2b: Workshop Cradle to Cradle, Eco Re Design
Class discussion and review on Project 2 options
 
1,2,3
12Lecture 9: Decades of the 20C. 1970’s and 1980’s
Workshop all remaining Tasks and Project Brief
 
1,2,3
13Project 2 a and b Workshop: Design styles of the decades and Graphic Agitation1,2,3
14

Submit Project 1: Cradle to Cradle,
Power Point Presentation

3
15Lecture 10 The decades of the 20C. 1990’s and 2000+
Workshop Project 2: Option A and Option B
 
3
16

Submit Project 2: Option A or Option B
individual poster/postcard: Issues of sustainability arising from the consumerism in the decades and current controversies.

3,


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are none required


References

You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

Meggs, Philip B, 2010, Megg’s history of graphic design, Wiley and son, Hoboken.


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and
relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.
Students will require a USB to upload work onto to my desk top or external hard drive.


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%

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
 


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to an overall competent level.
Formative Assessment

Task 2 - Short essay Task Due week 3
Task 1 - Practical Task (Pictograms) Due week 6
Task 3 - Research Task (knowledge pool) Due week 7

Summative Assessment

Project 1 - Research Project (Cradle to cradle) Due week 14
Project 2 - Practical Project (Option A - Graphic Agitation, Option B - Style through the Decades) Due week 16

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate
components of the project and the overall outcome.

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

GradeDescription
CHDCompetency with High distinction
CDICompetency with Distinction
CCCompetency with Credit
CAGCompetency achieved Graded
NYCNot Yet Competent


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

 

Attendance
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

 

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Special consideration, appeals and discipline (unresolved)

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

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