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Design theory workshop ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)



Caulfield Second semester 2006 (Day)

Synopsis: To meet the cultural and social objectives of the studio research, this methodologically-orientated unit assists research graduates in developing the design project and reflecting critically and analytically upon its aspirations. The unit helps the design researcher outline the relationship between goals and methods, the unit develops skills of expression needed to take part in contemporary discourse in art and design, connecting philosophies of design with broader cultural issues, values and artistic developments.

Objectives: On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to 1. express and interrogate the intentions of their design project, submitting it to critical scrutiny and either defending it or modifying it in the light of cultural, social or technical criticism; 2. evaluate the chosen methods by technical, social, aesthetic, environmental, functional and symbolic criteria; 3. develop strategies for identifying key directions in the field and for positioning their work relative to the state of the art; 4. develop the language for advocating the aesthetic, symbolic and ideological relevance of their work; 5. make tangible progress in developing their documentation for the degree

Assessment: Assignment 1 (1500 words): 25% Assignment 2 (3500 words): 75%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar and 10 independent study hours per week

Prerequisites: MDS5031 or ADM5001

Corequisites: Enrolment in 3111

Prohibitions: ADM5002