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
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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
This course is delivered in conjunction with VART6282 Drawing to communicate ideas.
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
1. Collect information on history and theory of design
1.1 Identify and access relevant sources of information on design history and theory
2. Apply information to own area of work
2.1 Evaluate information in the context of current design practice
3. Update and maintain knowledge of design trends
3.1 Identify and use opportunities to update and expand knowledge of design trends and developments
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:
• 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
|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.|
|Week||Timetable of Activities||Performance Criteria|
|1||Introduce the history and Theory of Design TNA questionnaire|
Lecture 1:The written word Pictographs/pictograms
Introduction to Task 1: Pictographic Form - Due Week 6
|2||Lecture 2 Art Deco & Art Nouveau |
Introduction of Task 2: Critical Analysis
Workshop on Task 1: Pictographic Form
|3||Task 2: Art Deco Art Nouveau Critical Analysis essay, |
OPEN BOOK response in class
|5||Lecture 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
|6||Lecture 4: Modernist movements and their impacts on design De Stijl/ Minimalism/ Bauhaus Design|
Continue Task 3: The Knowledge Pool
Submit Task 1: Pictographic Form
|Mid Term break|
|7||Lecture 5: Modernist movements and their impacts on design- Dada/ Surrealism|
Submit Task 3: Knowledge Pool
|8||Lecture 6: Pop/Pop Surrealism/Punk/Steam Punk impacts on contemporary design||1,2,3|
|9||Lecture 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
|10||Lecture 8: Introduction to Project 1 a Power Point on-Cradle to Cradle and Sustainable design, Eco Re Design |
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
|11||Project 1, 2 and 2b: Workshop Cradle to Cradle, Eco Re Design |
Class discussion and review on Project 2 options
|12||Lecture 9: Decades of the 20C. 1970’s and 1980’s|
Workshop all remaining Tasks and Project Brief
|13||Project 2 a and b Workshop: Design styles of the decades and Graphic Agitation||1,2,3|
Submit Project 1: Cradle to Cradle,
|15||Lecture 10 The decades of the 20C. 1990’s and 2000+|
Workshop Project 2: Option A and Option B
Submit Project 2: Option A or Option B
There are none required
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.
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 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.
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
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:
CHDCompetency with High distinction
CDICompetency with Distinction
CCCompetency with Credit
CAGCompetency achieved Graded
NYCNot Yet Competent
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.
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
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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