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88316 Furniture Context and Language

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Description

This subject focuses on the broader more contextual issues of furniture design through an analysis of space and the environment, and related human behavioural issues. Through a review of key designers and their designs throughout history, an appreciation is gained towards the precedents of design and their significance in developing new directions. Cultural analysis is undertaken to understand the impact of the dynamic change in society and its impact on furniture design. The relationship of form, function, structure and aesthetics are explored in a series of exercises and projects. An understanding of ergonomics is imparted through lectures and the design of full-scale mock-ups of projects.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the professional discipline of furniture design
2. Explore design possibilities through sketches and mock-ups
3. Ensure technical accuracy and care as appropriate to furniture design
4. Understand the relationship of form, function, ergonomics, structure and aesthetics
5. Demonstrate a clear and progressive work method

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Effective visual communication skills (C.2)
  • Demonstration of versatility, curiosity and imagination (I.2)
  • Demonstration of aesthetic sensibility (I.3)
  • Ability to propose, develop and rethink ideas (I.4)
  • Accuracy, rigour and care (P.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject uses an inquiry-based learning strategy that involves students researching and developing their own solutions to complex design challenges. The subject uses design professionals as studio leaders and lecturers to ensure the design process and strategies taught are relevant to current professional practice in a global context. Students work to develop research-based understandings of product user contexts and experiences, drawing on material developed within and between classes. Individual design propositions that reference these research-based understandings, are iteratively developed by students over the course of the semester.

Studio leaders offer ongoing, in-class support and guidance for the development of these product design propositions. It is therefore imperative that students attend all classes. Regular verbal feedback is provided in class by peers and studio leaders. Formal feedback will be provided by studio leaders in response to student in-class presentations of task-work. This formal feedback will be delivered via the Review Online Feedback System.

It shall be the students' responsibility to record any feedback provided in studio. During presentations students will be expected to actively participate in collaborative peer review feedback exercises. Students will also be supported by the level 2, Faculty Workshop in the construction of presentation models and/or prototypes. Grades, marks and feedback on task submissions will be provided through Review.

Content (topics)

This subject addresses the following issues and topics:

a. Furniture design history

b. Ergonomics

c. Cultural analysis as it relates to furniture

d. Form-generation and exploration.

e. Model-making techniques

f. Structural exploration as it relates to form

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Flat Planes & Structure: Concept Development

Intent:

This task introduces students to the craft involved in working with timber.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 3 and 4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

I.2, I.3 and P.2

Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketch
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Accuracy, rigour and care shown in your craft exercise series. 33 3 P.2
Versatility, curiosity and imagination demonstrated in the series of sketch models. 33 2 I.2
Degree of aesthetic, ergonomic and functional sensibility achieved in your 1:1 scale mock-up. 34 4 I.3
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Flat Planes & Structure: Production Phase

Intent:

This task develops skills in design through an exercise in developing proposals for design.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3 and 4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.2, I.2 and P.2

Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketch
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Level of graphic sensibility shown in the application of branding to the timber artefact. 10 1 C.2
Level of technical understanding evident in your timber artefact 50 3 P.2
Level of innovation evident in your negotiation of form, function, ergonomics, structure and aesthetics. 40 4 I.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Process and analysis conducted during semester.

Intent:

This task requires students to develop and communicate a final design proposal.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

4 and 5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.2 and I.4

Type: Journal
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Depth of design process apparent through use of visual aids (sketches, models, photos, video footage) and commentary. 50 4 I.4
Level of skill and technique demonstrated in the presentation and communication of ideas. 50 5 C.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

References

Dreyfuss, H. The Measure of Man: Human factors in design (Whitney Library of Design, New York, 1967).
Pheasant, S. T. Ergonomics: Standards and Guidelines for Designers (British Standards Institution, Great Britain, 1987).
Lesko, Jim Industrial Design-Materials and Manufacturing Guide (John Wiley & Sons, Canada, 1999).
Fiell, Charlotte & Peter, Chairs (Taschen, Italy, 2001).
Baker Fiona & Keith, Twentieth-Century Furniture (Carlton Books, London, 2000).
Byars, Mel, The Best Tables, Chairs, Lights – Innovation and Invention in Design Products for the Home (Rotovision, Switzerland, 2001).
Hanks, David A & Hoy, Anne Design for Living – Furniture and Lighting 1950-2000 (Flammarion, Paris, 2000).
Ashby, M. & Johnson, K. (2002). Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product design. Burlington MA: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.

Other resources

Support
Students MUST obtain a copy of the Generic Faculty Subject Information Booklet. The Booklet is to be read in conjunction with this subject outline.
This booklet contains the following information:
Student services
• Student support and other information
Policies related to teaching and learning
• Assignment submission/presentation
• Late and incomplete assignments
• Late Penalties
• Grades
• Academic integrity and cheating
Process related to teaching and learning
• Feedback process
• Return of assignments
• Attendance
• Extensions and Absence
• Special Consideration
• Faculty Academic Liaison Officer
• Student access to teaching spaces
• Pin access and other guides
• Environment Health and Safety
• First Aid personnel within the Faculty

The Generic Faculty Subject Information Booklet will be available in both hard copy and electronic format.
Copies will be placed outside the Student Centre (Level 4, DAB Building) for the first two weeks of each semester and teaching period. The electronic version of the booklet will be continuously available via UTS Online and the DAB website: http://www.dab.uts.edu.au/courses/subjects/index.html