TAD5500 - Exegesis - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design


Dr James Oliver

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit requires students to conceptualise their final semester's research project in relation to relevant theory and practice. It provides the synthesis between text-based critical analysis and a final studio design outcome. The structure and content of the exegesis accompanying their final submission will be used as a way of examining the theoretical models, investigative methods and contribution that their research makes to the field. This exploration will enable the candidate's development of a conceptual framework in studio research and exegesis that identifies the relations between research intention and research method. In doing so, the academic integrity of both types of output will be strengthened. Students will be encouraged to use the work produced throughout their Master of Design to develop new conceptual frameworks for their discipline.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. have identified a conceptual framework for the research;
  2. be able to argue the logic of their research process;
  3. be able to situate the relevance of their research within a contemporary context;
  4. be able to engage with both their own practices and those of others in a critical manner that informs their work and demonstrates an awareness of the wider field;
  5. have translated an aspect of their enquiry into a relevant form of scholarship to the field of research (eg; academic poster, abstract, conference paper, journal article, research report); and
  6. be equipped to sustain an exegetical elaboration of their research.


Exegesis plan (10%)

Draft chapter, poster, article or other form of scholarship (20%)

Final exegesis (70%)

Workload requirements

2 contact hours and 8 hours of private study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Successful completion of level 2 of any specialisation in the Master of Design or by permission