Available in 2021
Course code



10 units



Course handbook


Today's society surrounds us with examples of design. This course examines the effects design has on everyday life. Students are introduced to evaluation of design and design processes through projects and written research-based tasks. Awareness and knowledge of contemporary design and its pivotal role in today's society is developed through the lecture program and tutorial discussions. In this course the topics covered, along with the associated assessment tasks, contribute to the development of the value of social, cultural, physical and intellectual diversity.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the role of the designer in society in facilitating and enriching the physical environment.

2. Research the interdependent relationship between design and culture.

3. Develop academic rigour and apply critical thinking and a range of literacy skills basic to design professions.

4. Implement writing and research methods including the World Wide Web as a research tool.

5. Develop oral presentation techniques.


Topics may include:

  1. mass marketing
  2. corporate identity
  3. symbolism
  4. design responsibilities
  5. critical analysis, What is 'good design?'
  6. aesthetics
  7. fashion
  8. technology
  9. research methodologies

Assessment items

Presentation: Oral Presentation and Essay

Project: Independent Design Project

Journal: Visual Diary

Quiz: Design Quiz

Contact hours

Ourimbah and Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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.