DGN5203 - Design for culture and heritage - 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 Mark Guglielmetti

Unit guides



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


MDC4110 or MDC4120 or MDC4130 or by permission.


In this unit students will collaborate on design projects specific to the domain of culture and heritage. Using design skills, processes and technologies they will be challenged to prototype, visualise and present innovative design solutions that relate to the preservation and promotion of culture and heritage. Students will understand the value of co-creation and partnership as being vital to the outcome of design activities that showcase both cultural identity and historical legacy. The interdisciplinary and holistic approach of this unit includes, but is not limited to, exhibition/museum design, digital media design, interaction design, communication design, service and product design.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Evaluate and communicate the potential of design as a means for preserving & promoting culture and heritage;
  2. Propose and present ethical and responsible design concepts specific to culture and heritage;
  3. Understand the significance of collaboration as part of inter-disciplinary teamwork in co-creating complex design solutions for communicating and promoting culture and heritage;
  4. Demonstrate ethnographic research methods as part of the design process for culture and heritage productions;
  5. Demonstrate conceptualising, visualising and prototyping skills for complex design solutions in the area of culture and heritage;
  6. Critically analyse & evaluate cultural/heritage design productions or prototypes as a response to a specific brief;
  7. Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit.


Ethnographic inquiry (20%)

Cultural heritage project (80%)

Workload requirements

4 contact hours per week plus 8 hours private study per week.

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