Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Dion Tuckwell


This unit investigates the visual and theoretical languages of design in relation to a number of key critical issues. It focuses on issues including the engagement of works of design with society, consumerism, gender, politics, and the environment. The role of the designer in responding to aesthetic and social challenges is also considered. Students will continue to develop a range of approaches to understanding works of design and related issues while also refining the broader critical and analytical skills necessary to their disciplines.

The Semester 1 program covers material suited to Industrial Design and Interior Architecture, and the Semester 2 program focuses on Visual Communication and Multimedia.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. recognise key works of design and their relationship to critical issues
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the influence and impact of physical, social and cultural concerns on the role of the designer and the design product
  3. demonstrate critical and analytical skills in the interpretation and appreciation of works of design
  4. articulate evaluative responses as to the significance of ideological and cultural forces on the work of design
  5. appreciate and critique multiple perspectives for the interpretation of design
  6. understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study


Written assignments and a class presentation: 75%, Visual test: 25%

Workload requirements

12 hours including; 1 hour lecture, 2 hour seminar plus 9 hours of independent study

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


TAD1101 or TAD1203