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

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5333 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

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

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 65

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Term1 2018,
Term2 2018,
Term1 2019

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to source information on design history and theory, and to apply that information in the individual’s design work.

It applies to individuals who work in design and need to develop and maintain a general knowledge of design history and theory.

More complex research into design theory and design trends is covered by BSBDES602 Research global design trends and BSBDES801 Research and apply design theory.

No licensing,

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

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


1 Collect information on design history and theory

2 Apply information to own area of work

3 Update and maintain knowledge of design trends

Learning Outcomes

Evidence of the ability to:

  • show how the history and theory of design can be adapted and used in own professional practice
  • maintain currency of theoretical and design knowledge.

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • summarise current design trends
  • describe the evolution of design
  • identify the organisational information practices and their application
  • outline sources of information on design history and theory relevant to own design work.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the design process field of work and include access to information sources on design history and theory.

Assessors must satisfy NVR/AQTF assessor requirements.