TDN1002 - Design and the avant-garde - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - 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 Jess Berry


Dr Jess Berry

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


AHT1101 or TAD1101


TAD1102, TAD2101, TAD2214


This unit examines the history of European Modernism as it relates to the disciplines of visual communication, industrial design and spatial design. Key Modernist movements and practices are studied with particular consideration given to their ideological, political and cultural contexts and motives. The critical tendencies of twentieth-century avant-garde practices are considered in terms of their lasting implications for the social role of design. Students will develop a range of critical approaches to analysing design in relation to its historical, social and cultural context skills necessary to their disciplines and practice.


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

  1. Identify and describe the major movements of modernism in Design;
  2. Recognise and analyse key examples of practices in design;
  3. Discuss the legacy of the European avant-gardes and their lasting influence upon the social role of the designer;
  4. Translate basic theoretical contexts in to practice;
  5. Critique works of design, and articulate these analyses in both spoken and written form;
  6. Identify questions and consider ways to search for information.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 3 contact hours plus 9 hours of independent study.

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