Course Title: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2014
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 in class tasks and independent
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:
This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with VART 6268 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
|Week||Learning Activities|| Performance |
|1||Library tour |
Introduction to drawing program, Tasks and Drawing Journal reflecting knowledge of tasks, ideas and personal drawing practices.
Task 1 Line and contour-Ink-markers.
|2||Introduce the History and Theory of Design Program |
Lecture 1: 1 -1907
Modernist movements and their impacts on design:
Cubism/Futurism/Constructivism/Deconstruction Task 1: Part a) Respond to lecture in class
Part b) Further research to be handed in Week 3.
|3||Lecture 2: Art Deco & Art Nouveau 1860-1930 |
Task 2- Respond to lecture notes Critical Analysis in class
Submit Task 1 Part b)
|4||Task 2: line, Structural Drawing. Pencil||1,2,3|
|5||Task 3 and 4: Line as form Cross Hatching and Bracelet shading -Fine liner|
Review drawings and journal
|6||Public Holiday Monday No class |
Review week all programs
|7||Task 5: Cross contour- Mark making – Liner pen||1,2,3|
|8||Lecture 3: Modernist movements and their impacts on design De Stijl/ Minimalism/ Bauhaus Design 1917-39|
Task 3: Part a) Respond to lecture in class
Part b) Further research to be handed in week 10
|9||Task 6: Water colour: Texture, Colour and Pattern- Mixed media|
This project aligns to a Project in Illustration Techniques.
Review all drawings and complete any drawings outstanding and journal entries
|10||Lecture 4: Modernist movements and their impacts on design- Dada/ Surrealism / Pop/Pop Surrealism/Retro Chaos/Cyber Dada. 1917-2014 |
Task 4: Part a) Respond to lecture in class
Part b) Further research to be handed in Week 11
Submit Task 3 Part b)
|Easter Break 11th-27th April|
|11||Lecture 5: The Decades of the 20C. 1950’s and 60’s|
Task 5 Part a) Respond to lecture in class
Part b) Further research to be handed in Week 12
Submit Task 4 Part b)
|12||Lecture 6: and 1970’s and 80’s|
Design Styles of the decades, Sustainability in design, Social Justice and Graphic Agitation
Task 6 Part a): Respond to lecture in class
Part b) Further research to be handed in Week 13
Submit Task 5 Part b)
|13||Lecture 7: Decades of the 20C. 90’s -2000+ |
Task 7 Part a): Respond to lecture in class
Part b) Hand in remaining lecture task 6
Workshop any outstanding research
Submit Task 6 Part b)
|14||Task 7: Light and Tone. Pastel/charcoal tonal Rub Back White Drawing on Black background. Grey Scale||1,2,3|
|16||Task 8: Perspective Drawing||1,2,3|
|17||Public Holiday Monday No class|
|18||Assess all work on Realize a Creative Project|
Submit Task 7 Part 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 1-7 - In class work sheets (due at a designated date after class delivery)
Project 1 - Extended research from class work sheets 1-7(due on dates after lectures and classwork)
Project 2 - Reseach and application of historic content for VART6279 Realize a creative project intiated by Ruth Wellington
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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