Design Contexts 3: How - The Design Process in Theory and Practice


This course examines various models of the design process in relation to design in general, and visual communication design in particular. It seeks to explore how the design process has been modelled in theory and how these models function in practice.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a various theories and models of the design process;

2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the relationship of these theories and models to visual communication design practice;

3. Competently conduct academic and design based research and demonstrate relevant information literacy;

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


Topics will include:

  1. Theories and models of the design process;
  2. The social and historical contexts of theories and models of the design process;
  3. The relationship and relevance of theories and models of the design process to visual communication design practice.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): DESN2030. Students who have successfully completed DESN2030 are not eligible to enrol in DESN2003.


Pre-requisite - successful completion of DESN1001 and DESN1002

Assumed Knowledge

Students must have successfully completed both DESN 1001 Design Contexts 1 & DESN 1002 Design Contexts 2

Assessment Items

Presentation: Presentations - Individual

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

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