Design Contexts 1: What - Definitions, Theories and Practices of Design

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Design Contexts 1: What - Definitions, Theories and Practices of Design

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Design Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    This course introduces students to a variety of theories, definitions and ideas about the diverse field of human activity called design. It will explore these theories of design against the broader backdrop of relevant social theories and practices with particular, but not exclusive, emphasis on visual communication design.
    1. Demonstrate a basic critical understanding of some the key theories of design;
    2. Demonstrate a basic critical understanding of these theories of design in relation to broader social theories and practices;
    3. Conduct basic academic research and demonstrate relevant information literacy;
    4. Competently express their research findings using appropriate oral presentation techniques and written forms of communication.
    Topics will include:
    Theories and definitions of design;
    Theories and definitions of visual communication design;
    The impact theories and definitions of design have on design practice and visual communication design practice.
    This course replaces the following course(s): DESN1471. Students who have successfully completed DESN1471 are not eligible to enrol in DESN1001.
    Written Assignment: Assignment 1: What is Design?
    Report: Assignment 2: Report on the Condition of Design
    Journal: Assignment 3: Journal

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.