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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Vince Dziekan


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.


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


Assignment 1 (1500 words): 25%

Assignment 2 (3500 words): 75%

Chief examiner(s)

Vince Dziekan

Contact hours

2 hour seminar and 10 independent study hours per week


MDS5031 or ADM5001


Enrolment in 3111