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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

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


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


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 Organise research material and findings for current or future use in design practice, in a manner which facilitates easy access and cross-referencing


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


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 in class tasks and independent

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:
• Exhibitions
Independant research

Teaching Schedule

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with VART 6268 Produce drawings to communicate ideas

WeekLearning Activities Performance
VART 6268C

GRAP 5305C

1Library 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.
2Introduce 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.
3Task 2: line, Structural Drawing. Pencil

Lecture 2: Art Deco & Art Nouveau 1860-1930
Task 2- Respond to lecture notes Critical Analysis in class
Submit Task 1 Part b)

Reminder that all students must have a designer or design area in mind for research

5Task 3 and 4: Line as form Cross Hatching and Bracelet shading -Fine liner
Review drawings and journal

Public Holiday Monday No class
Review week all programs

Excursion Melbourne CBD:
Gathering photographic Resources for History and Theory of Design extended research.
NGV of Victoria: Nordic Cool; Shifting Gear

7Lecture 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
8Review Week Tutorial: Catch up any outstanding drawings, journal and or history. Review all work to date. Students who are complete with their work can work on their electronic portfolio.
Research on a designer review
9Lecture 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 3rd -12th April


 10Journal assessment
Task 5: Cross contour- Mark making – Liner pen
11Lecture 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)

Task 6: Water colour: Texture, Colour and Pattern- Mixed media
Review all drawings and complete any drawings outstanding and journal entries


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)

14Task 7: Light and Tone. Pastel/charcoal tonal Rub Back White Drawing on Black background. Grey Scale1,2 
15Review week Ageas/Design Matters 1,2,3 1,2,3

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)

Submit Research on a designer



Review all outstanding work for both Drawing and design theory
Submit Task 7 Part b)


1,2,3 1,2,3
 Task 8: Perspective Drawing


Submit all Drawings and journal for assessment. Continue any outstanding work on drawings, review of all drawing tasks
Submit any lecture notes and sourced materials


1,2,3 1,2,3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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.

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. You will require the drawing equipment as outlined in the tool kit list.

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 Tasks

Task 1-7 - In class work sheets (due at a designated date after class delivery)

Summative Assessment

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

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

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. Cover sheet for submission of works

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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