The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


In this course students will use design thinking and vocational wayfinding concepts to plan, design and reflect upon their career trajectory. It will explore current industry trends and challenges and examine industry forecast data. Students will engage with industry professionals and peers to help navigate the emerging landscape of work in their preferred area/s of visual communication practice.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): DESN2004. Students who have successfully completed DESN2004 are not eligible to enrol in DESN2011.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply vocational wayfinding and design thinking to career development

2. Create an aspirational professional profile

3. Analyse industry and workforce research data and reports

4. Identify and interact with relevant design communities of practice


  • Design thinking for your career
  • Navigating the work/life journey using “Vocational wayfinding”
  • The “wicked problem” of designing your life and career
  • Design industry trends and forecast


If you have successfully completed DESN2004 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentation 25%

Project: Project 40%

Report: Report 35%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 1


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

Tutorials will be held on Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and then Weeks 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.