Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


In this course students will use speculative design and iterative design concepts to plan, design and reflect upon their career trajectory. It will explore current industry trends and challenges that indicate future opportunities for emerging practitioners. Students will engage with industry professionals and peers to shape the emerging landscape of work in their preferred area/s of visual communication practice.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply speculative and iterative design concepts to creative outputs and projects aligning with professional practice.

2. Create an aspirational professional project

3. Analyse industry and workforce research data and case studies

4. Identify and interact with relevant design communities of practice


  • Speculative design for your future career
  • Situate your talent and skills towards a work/life journey as design practitioner¬†
  • Understanding of the diverse pathways in a design career¬†
  • Design industry trends and forecast


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

Assumed knowledge

Basic skills in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and XD

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentation 25%

Project: Project 40%

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study 35%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1,2,5,8


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks starting in week 2

Weeks 2-7 and 9-11

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.