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Design studio 1 ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: Jenny Allen

Caulfield First semester 2006 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit explores the multi-disciplinary nature of design by introducing the characteristics of space, objects and images as part of a designer's repertoire of knowledge and understanding. Basic design studies provide the framework for the development of a language of design. The understanding of the role of the designer in producing habitats, artifacts and communications for the enhancement of the human experience of contemporary environments is developed by observation, critical enquiry, interpretation, communication and the creation of visual forms. Design is presented as a creative, analytical and synthesizing process with social, cultural and artistic implications.

Objectives: On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to: 1.recognize, analyze and apply the elements and principles of design; 2.understand the nature of the design process and apply methodical steps in their own projects ; 3.understand spatial structures in nature, built forms and visual systems; 4.understand the multidisciplinary nature of many design activities; 5.understand selected colour theories; 6.develop capabilities to communicate research outcomes, design concepts and solutions; 7.appreciate the relationship between design, industry and ar; 8. observe and employ occupational health and safety appropriate to studio practice.

Assessment: Series of exercises 20% + Minor project 20% + Two major projects 60%

Contact Hours: 12 hours per week, including One 1-hour lecture and 3 studio hours

Prerequisites: Admission to any Monash bachelors degree.

Corequisites: OHS1000