Available in 2017

Course handbook


This course introduces students to a variety of theories, definitions and ideas about the diverse field of human activity called design. It will explore these theories of design against the broader backdrop of relevant social theories and practices with particular, but not exclusive, emphasis on visual communication design.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2017

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): DESN1471. Students who have successfully completed DESN1471 are not eligible to enrol in DESN1001.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a basic critical understanding of some the key theories of design;

2. Demonstrate a basic critical understanding of these theories of design in relation to broader social theories and practices;

3. Conduct basic academic research and demonstrate relevant information literacy;

4. Competently express their research findings using appropriate oral presentation techniques and written forms of communication.


Topics will include:

  1. Theories and definitions of design;
  2. Theories and definitions of visual communication design;
  3. The impact theories and definitions of design have on design practice and visual communication design practice.


This course replaces DESN1471. If you have successfully completed DESN1471 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1: What is Design?

Report: Assignment 2: Report on the Condition of Design

Journal: Assignment 3: Journal

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks