History, Theory and Criticism

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    History, Theory and Criticism

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Industrial Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit guides you to become aware of theoretical and historical discourse in industrial design and to debate innovative and advanced ideas and critical thinking in the field internationally. It provides a framework in which can locate individual design activities. The content covered in this unit includes: contemporary history of industrial design; relationship between social and technological change and industrial design; contemporary design theory and discourse; criticism methodology; writing about design; and learning to critique design.


    Learning Outcomes
    To successfully complete this unit you will demonstrate:
    1. Knowledge of theoretical and historical design context 
    2. Ability to critique products in relation to historical, technological and social contexts 
    3. Ability to construct cogent arguments on theoretical and historical issues of product and system design 
    4. Confidence to discuss theoretical and historical design issues visually, verbally and in writing

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