Culture and Design

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Culture and Design

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Industrial Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    An understanding of people and their cognitive and emotive relationship with the world is essential for designing responsive products and environments. This unit encourages a diversity of knowledge for you to gain a broader perspective of culture, and understand how issues of culture influence product design and the designer's interaction with society and diverse cultures. The content covered includes: theoretical perspectives of culture; psychological implications of everyday human-artefact interactivity; environmental and cultural perception; changing socio-cultural landscapes; ageing population; sustainability and globalisation; potential for design to advance social changes and quality of life; and psychological implications and attitudes embedded in product semantics and symbolics.


    Learning Outcomes
    To successfully complete this unit you will demonstrate:
    1. Knowledge of the influence of culture on design 
    2. Ability to analyse and discuss the interrelationship between design, technology and society 
    3. Application of theoretical and practical applications of socio-cultural factors to the design of products and systems 
    4. Communication of socio-cultural design issues verbally and in writing

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