Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2019.

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

Presentation: Assignment 1: Presentation

Essay: Assignment 2: Essay

Journal: Assignment 3: Journal

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