TDN1002 - Design and the avant-garde - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design


Dr Jess Berry

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit considers the various strands of European modernism and their legacy in relation to the design disciplines. Key avant-garde movements and practices are studied, with particular consideration given to their ideological, political and cultural contexts and motives. The critical and utopian tendencies of twentieth-century avant-garde practices are considered in terms of their lasting implications for the social role of design. 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.


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

  1. Understand the history and the basic tenets of the major movements in European modernism;
  2. Recognise and analyse key examples of avant-garde practices in art and design;
  3. discuss the legacy of the European avant-gardes and their lasting influence upon the social role of the designer;
  4. Critically evaluate the relationship between theory and practice; and
  5. Critique works of design, and articulate these analyses in both spoken and written form.


Short essay (1500 words): 30%

Long essay (2500 words) including class presentation: 70%

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial plus 9 independent study hours per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)



TAD1102, TAD2101, TAD2214