Researching Design History
Area of Study
Fashion, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising
Taught In English
This unti of study is designed for fashion/design students/majors.
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionIn this subject students are introduced to academic culture and the research and argumentation conventions involved in higher learning. Students use these skills to investigate key issues throughout the history of modern design. With this understanding, students begin to be able to make judgments about what design can and needs to do in the coming decades.Subject objectivesOn successful completion of this subject students will have achieved the following:1. engage with the central themes and arguments that have informed modern design history2. read and discuss historical arguments from design history journals and texts3. analyse logical and persuasive arguments4. develop logical and persuasive arguments using textual, visual and design-based media5. access literature and images through the library and the internet6. participate effectively in group research work7. help realise a clear verbal presentation with visual backup8. understand the impact of arguments and ideas on the design disciplines in the modern period9. understand the role of historical research in informing design arguments10. Understand the ethics of design history research.Teaching and learning strategies1 hour lecture, 1.5 hours studio/workshop each week.Face-to-face classes incorporate a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, discussions, studio activities and student presentations. These are complemented by independent student reading, participation in online forums, reflection on studio work, and group and individual project work.ContentLectures, readings, textual analysis and studio work examining arguments and positions in modern interdisciplinary design history. Topics may include:Freedom and identity constructionMobilityTruth and AppearanceEfficiency, Function and FitnessConsumptionFuturingResistance and Sub-cultureWit, Rule-breaking and PlayfulnessIntervention and Shifting PracticesAssessmentAssessment task 1: Presentation TaskObjective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:3, 4, 5, 7 and 9Weight: 30%Length:800-1000 wordsAssessment task 2: Critical evaluation and description (verbal and research)Objective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:2, 6, 7, 8 and 9This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):.0 and .0Weight: 30%Assessment task 3: Writing, literature and research taskObjective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 10, 3, 4 and 9This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):.0 and .0Weight: 40%
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.