Course Title: Future Design Contexts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Future Design Contexts

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Yoko Akama

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Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Please email

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Designing (for) the 21st Century

In this course you will explore the way design responds to and creates the contemporary world. You will learn how the turn to experience as a way to frame products of design has given birth to new and future design contexts including interaction design, user experience design, service design, design strategy, social and policy design.

The course extends your focus from professional and industrial framings of design practice toward understandings predicated on holistic experiences and ecosystems of people and design artefacts.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:  

  • Critically discuss how communication, media and design contribute to experience centered strategy and leadership.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in your field.
  • Master a body of knowledge and specific technical skills to progress your professional career within the contemporary design, media and communication arena. 

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically discuss how design operates in contemporary society.
  2. Creatively frame design situations to reveal innovative approaches and solutions.
  3. Apply a range of developed communication skills to present experience centred design projects.
  4. Reflect upon current industry trends, technological developments and their effect upon your practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of online activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources that are relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning, including the University Library and Study Support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include presentations, projects and may be done individually and in teams.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Design map (20%) - CLO 2, 4

Assessment Task 2: Industry analysis (50%) - CLO 1,2,3

Assessment Task 3: Reflective Report (30%) - CLO 2,3

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.  

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.