Design Contexts 4: Why - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Design

Course code DESN2004
Available in 2017
2017 Course Timetables


This course explores the various roles, functions and applications of visual communication design in contemporary society. It seeks to explore the social significance of visual communication design as a practice that can be frivolous and profound, or ubiquitous and ephemeral.



  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of various roles, functions or applications of visual communication design;

2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the social significance of various roles, functions or applications of visual communication design;

3. Competently conduct 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. Visual communication design as educative or informative;
  2. Visual communication design as entertaining or playful;
  3. Visual communication as frivolous or wasteful.  

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): DESN3000. Students who have successfully completed DESN3000 are not eligible to enrol in DESN2004.


Pre-requisite - successful completion of DESN1001 and DESN1002

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