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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: GRAP5387C

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

School: 320T Architecture & Urban Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4382 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9446

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ruth Lyon

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

None required.

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge to source information on design history and theory and to apply that information to your own area of work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design


1 Collect information on design history and theory

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access relevant sources of information on design history and theory
1.2 Organise research materials 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 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 and 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

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio and computer laboratory 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:

  • class exercises
  • tutorials
  • practical demonstrations
  • workshops
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • workshop for all student projects including peer/lecturer feedback


Out of class activities may include:

  • independent research
  • independent project based work
  • studio practice
  • online tutorials and activities
  • review and revision

Teaching Schedule

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.

There will be a number of prescribed tasks and projects (see Assessment Tasks below).

This course will be delivered in the same weekly session as VART6406 - Produce drawings to communicate ideas - CUAACD301. The following timeline contains activities for both courses.

WeekLearning ActivitiesPerformance


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

Review all class work and research

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)

Journal assessment
Task 5: Cross contour- Mark making – Liner pen



Mid term break

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: Line Colour wash Plant structures and composition1,2 
15Review week 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


Other Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course. This course has recommended books listed under ‘References’

20th Century Design Movements:


Design Movements Time line


Late Modernism



You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.

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 to the library resources.

Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning. The University Library has extensive resources for Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

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.
The assessment tasks are: Class notes, research and tasks.
An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Ther will be feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.
Class tasks work provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for students own research
This course has 2 projects, both of which must be completed/submitted. Each task has an allocated percentage of the total grade. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.


Task 1-8 - 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 - Research and application of historic content in a written paper: Research a Design Guru in your chosen pathway

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 are:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


The major aspect of your 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 for success.



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



When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-­digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e­ Submission process.Information regarding the e­Submission process


Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions

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. Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration

Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy. If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor. Further links ­ Application for extension of time


On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission

On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.

The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Work submitted late will be assessed for competency only. Submissions are only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.


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. Academic Integrity

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