Ideas and Principles of Design

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Ideas and Principles of Design

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Art, Design Management, Graphic 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

    Introduction to generic design concepts, design vocabularies, and principles of design, taught in the studio environment. The design studio will develop inquiry, literacy and compositional skill in design such as video.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1. Apply critical and creative thinking to the interpretation of project briefs
    2. Demonstrate autonomous engagement in idea development and the iterative design process
    3. Apply craft in the construction of models, drawings, and the documentation of design process and outcomes
    4. Apply a basic understanding of methods and conventions of drawing and modelling specific to analysis and
    representation of three-dimensional form and space
    5. Demonstrate basic skills in the visual and verbal communication of design concepts through participation in studio critiques, reviews, and studio culture as outlined by the School of Design

    Basecamp 5%
    Project 1: Information Aesthetics 20%
    Project 2: Fluid Form 20%
    Project 3: The Joint 25%
    Progress Based Assessment 30%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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