Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course examines various understandings and ‘models’ of the design process, their related ‘stages’ and techniques, and their relevance to visual communication design in theory and professional practice. It will explore the philosophical and ideological underpinnings of design process models. The course will require students to reflect upon their understanding of their own design process and compare that to ‘models’ outlined in research and/or professional literature as well as case studies and/or first-hand professional accounts.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe various ‘models’, ‘phases’ and techniques of the design process;

2. Visually depict and compare various ‘models’, ‘phases’ and techniques of the design process

3. Conduct primary and secondary research about the design process;

4. Communicate their research findings using appropriate presentation, written and visual forms of communication.


 Topics will include:

  1. ‘Models’ of the design process in theory and practice
  2. Design process stages and techniques including: contextual research, ideation, incubation, collaboration, co-design, problem solving, user testing
  3. The social, historical and philosophical contexts of ‘models’ of the design process
  4. Conducting case study and primary research
  5. Reviewing literature

Assessment items

Presentation: Oral Presentation with relevant audio-visual content - 35%

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: A written case study report - 35%

Exhibition / Poster: A poster depicting and explaining the design process - 30%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 8


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 2

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.