DGN5103 - Design practice as research - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Vince Dziekan


Dr Vince Dziekan

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)



Enrolment in a Design Honours degree or Master of Design (F6002), or by permission.




Design Practice as Research provides a platform for students to apply a range of skills and aptitudes towards practice-based research in design. Through an individualised course of study under the guidance of personal research mentors, participants will undertake projects using appropriate methodologies that demonstrate an independent point of view on the social, cultural, technological, and communicative aspects of design. The unit will enhance the combined creative and analytical methods of students as preparation for undertaking practice-based research while also promoting how processes of research and development can make an advanced contribution to contemporary design practice. The unit provides a unique opportunity for establishing interdisciplinary approaches to design research and the intersection of theory and practice. On occasion, these studies may be undertaken as part of an immersive research studio conducted as part of special projects and study abroad experiences.


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

  1. Understand advanced aspects of design research;
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate dimensions of design (as cultural practice, studio research, applied research);
  3. Apply advanced methods and strategies involved in practice-based design research (including disciplinary, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary);
  4. Apply designerly processes that result in the creation and communication of design research outcomes;
  5. Plan and produce a project with a high degree of independence, originality, accountability and (if relevant) collaboration with other parties and stakeholders;
  6. Communicate in an effective manner for the stated purpose, intended audience and designated context of the project;
  7. Understand and apply the occupational health and safety requirements appropriate to the discipline practice.


Project work (100%)

Workload requirements

The unit will be delivered through on campus and block modes; overall

study plan is based on equivalence of 144hrs (12 hours per week x 12-

week semester), composed of supervision and contact hours (48hrs, or 4

hours per week) plus independent study (96hrs, or 8 hours per week).

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