Design Contexts 6: Researching the Design Profession


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.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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.


Topics 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): DESN3300. Students who have successfully completed DESN3300 are not eligible to enrol in DESN3006.


This course replaces DESN3300. If you have successfully completed DESN3300 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Must have successfully completed both: DESN 2003 Design Contexts 3 DESN 2004 Design Contexts 4

Assessment Items

Presentation: Presentations - Individual

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 2