Design Contexts 6: Researching the Design Profession

Course code DESN3006Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

This course provides students with the opportunity to undertake a small-scale research project into an area of the design profession they wish to pursue, upon graduation, through work or further studies. Students will be required to research the cultural, economic and legislative contexts in which their area of design interest are embedded in.

Not available in 2014

ObjectivesOn completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Detail and explain the importance of basic financial and business knowledge for designers;
2. Interpret and apply the legal, regulative and administrative requirements for as a design professional;
3. Apply their creative expertise to the area of marketing, promotion and communication relevant to their position and goals;
4. Demonstrate an understanding of, and an ability to systematically discuss, a range of ethical issues, perspectives and debates relevant to design practice.
ContentTopics will include:
1. Business in the creative industries: type, scope, depth and models;
2. Marketing: methods and techniques;
3. Business development;
4. Project planning, finance and management;
5. The nature of ethics and the methodology for addressing ethical dilemmas and disputes;
6. Selected ethical issues in design practice, which may include conflicts of interest, plagiarism, criticism of another designer’s work, and other issues arising out of the code of ethics.
Replacing Course(s)DESN3300 Professional Practice for Designers
TransitionDESN3006 replaced DESN3300 'Professional Practice for Designers' in 2015. Student who have successfully completed DESN3300 will not be required to undertake DESN3006. Credit cannot be obtained for both DESN3006 and DESN3300.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMust have successfully completed both
DESN 2003 Design Contexts 3 &
DESN 2004 Design Contexts 4
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Presentations - Individual
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentMust have successfully completed both
DESN 2003 or DESN2030; and DESN 2004 or DESN3000.