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 Email:email@example.com
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Nominal Hours: 65
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||Task 2: line, Structural Drawing. Pencil ||1,2|
Lecture 2: Art Deco & Art Nouveau 1860-1930
Reminder that all students must have a designer or design area in mind for research
|5||Task 3 and 4: Line as form Cross Hatching and Bracelet shading -Fine liner|
Review drawings and journal
Public Holiday Monday No class
Excursion Melbourne CBD:
|7||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
|8||Review 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
|9||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 3rd -12th April
Task 5: Cross contour- Mark making – Liner pen
|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)
Task 6: Water colour: Texture, Colour and Pattern- Mixed media
Lecture 6: and 1970’s and 80’s
|14||Task 7: Light and Tone. Pastel/charcoal tonal Rub Back White Drawing on Black background. Grey Scale||1,2|
|15||Review week Ageas/Design Matters||1,2,3||1,2,3|
Lecture 7: Decades of the 20C. 90’s -2000+
Submit Research on a designer
Review all outstanding work for both Drawing and design theory
Task 8: Perspective Drawing
Submit all Drawings and journal for assessment. Continue any outstanding work on drawings, review of all drawing tasks
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. http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/librarians/dsc
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 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. 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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