Sustainable Design: Theories and Practice

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sustainable Design: Theories and Practice

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Art, Fashion Design, Graphic Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Sustainable Design examines the emergence of key concepts in sustainability theory and their impact on design practice since the Industrial Revolution. With a focus on the agency of design professions in accelerating social and material development, students think critically, analyse and discuss key questions connecting design thinking, design practice and implications for quality of life in the short and longer term. This course underlines the significance of sustainability within and beyond the design professions, of particular relevance to the fields of creative practice, environmental studies, manufacturing, business, law and politics.
    Sustainable Design: Theories and Practice will provide students with a framework for understanding key concepts in sustainable design, assisting you to locate, identify and creatively engage with important underpinning themes and contemporary interpretations that have influenced and continue to shape contemporary design practice. A scholarly approach explores a wide range of sources related to interdisciplinary design issues and pragmatic considerations including systemic relationships between natural and anthropological systems, the dynamics of social, economic and environmental contexts for design, and attitudes towards responsibility in contemporary practice.

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.


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