TDN2704 - Home and away: design and the city - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Mr In Dae Hwang


Dr Cameron Rose

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)




48 credit points of any MADA Design degree, or by permission.


This unit permits design students with the opportunity to explore, experience and immerse themselves in the design environments of other cities. Using project-based learning students will respond to how a city creates its own identity and locates itself in the world through its unique qualities. The unit will expose students to different cultural narratives; design systems that are shaped by location; and ways in which design in turn helps to shape a city's lived experience. As designers become increasingly mobile professionals they need to draw upon creative methods that are translational and culturally sensitive to other global locations. This unit will permit students with the opportunity to develop design skills that respond to this challenge.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Use design practices to respond effectively and responsibly to a different cultural context;
  2. Have an appreciation of the practical challenges and opportunities a unique city location offers to design thinking and making;
  3. Develop intercultural competencies and effectively engage with people from different cultures and places;
  4. Apply design research skills appropriate to a city location and culture;
  5. Observe and apply the OHSE requirements as outlined in the unit guide specific to the location.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

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

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