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89109 Design Workshop: Experimental Media

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

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

In this workshop, students investigate physical properties of object–human relationships through design prototyping in low-fidelity materials, such as paper and cardboard.

Students investigate the possibilities of form, the relationship between 2D and 3D surfaces, and how to bring design research, insight and prototyping together in a series of different outputs.

This subject has an extensive appeal across product design, narrative animation, textiles, visual communication, service and interaction design.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Demonstrated a capacity for flexible thinking in relation to iterative and creative design concept development.
2. Demonstrated ability to represent coherent ideas in a physical form.
3. Demonstrated ability to present work to clients using low cost materials.
4. Demonstrated willingness to try, fail, reflect and learn through prototyping.
5. Demonstrated ability to combine digital and physical stimulus in persuasive presentation of prototype.
6. Demonstrated ability to effectively document design process.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Capacity for perceptive concept development (I.1)
  • Ability to critically appraise, develop or redirect design ideas (I.2)
  • Ability to actively and independently develop new skills, knowledge and understanding (P.1)
  • Possession of a developed aesthetic sensibility (P.2)
  • Ability to develop well-supported arguments and rationales (R.1)
  • A disposition to adopt practices and approaches that embed critical reflection (R.3)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The term CAPRI is used for the five Design, Architecture and Building faculty graduate attribute categories where:

C = communication and groupwork

A = attitudes and values

P = practical and professional

R = research and critique

I = innovation and creativity.

This subject encourages student learning directed to develop these graduated attributes. The course content, learning strategies and assessment structure is explicitly designed with these attributes in mind.

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject is comprised of one weekly 3-hr practical workshop. Students will be participating in individual tutorials, group discussions and team-based activities throughout the semester. Activities will include demonstrations, presentations, seminars, visual tasks and exercises. The subject includes active learning experiences where ongoing feedback is provided weekly in on-campus engagements such as interactive lecture sessions, studios and computer labs. It is therefore imperative that students attend all on-campus engagements. Added to this there is an expectation of approx. 5 hours of self-directed practice outside class hours each week.

This subject uses the problem-based learning strategy that involves students in researching and developing their own solutions to complex design challenges. Students undertake a series of weekly exercises that build conceptual and technical skills, progressively accumulating to a larger body of visual thinking.

In the studios students will develop their design ideas with a professional designer as mentor. At the beginning of each studio the mentor will discuss with the entire group the challenges they are facing with their projects. The mentor will then prompt students faced by similar challenges to facilitate collaborative discussions. The mentor will be reviewing the work weekly and will provide feedback verbally. It is 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.

Grades, marks and a summary of feedback on final design submissions will be provided through ReView.

Content (topics)

Students will have the opportunity to undertake workshops to gain skills with either animation technologies or selected technologies of material and environmental production, performance and interactivity.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Interim presentation

Intent:

Interim presentation of design research and initial paper prototyping (refer to detailed brief).

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2 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.1, I.2 and P.1

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 15%
Criteria:

See workshop handout.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Demonstrated willingness to try, fail, reflect and learn through prototyping. 50 4 P.1
Demonstrated a capacity for flexible thinking in relation to iterative and creative design concept development. 25 1 I.1
Demonstrated ability to represent coherent ideas in a physical form. 25 2 I.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Final prototype presentation

Intent:

Final prototype presentation (refer to detailed brief)

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3, 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.):

I.1, I.2, P.1, R.1 and R.3

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria:

See workshop handout.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Demonstrated a capacity for flexible thinking in relation to iterative and creative design concept development. 20 1 P.1
Demonstrated ability to represent coherent ideas in a physical form. 20 2 I.1
Demonstrated ability to present work to clients using low cost materials. 20 3 I.2
Demonstrated willingness to try, fail, reflect and learn through prototyping. 20 4 R.3
Demonstrated ability to combine digital and physical stimulus in persuasive presentation of prototype. 20 5 R.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Design journal

Intent:

Design process journal (Refer to detailed brief)[no content]

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1 and 6

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.1 and P.2

Type: Journal
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 35%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Demonstrated ability to effectively document design process. 50 6 I.1
Demonstrated a capacity for flexible thinking in relation to iterative and creative design concept development. 50 1 P.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

To pass this subject 80% attendance in all activities (lectures, tutorials) is expected. The listed assessment tasks should be submitted on the due date/time. The combined assessment grades should equal a pass grade or above. Assessment criteria relate to the learning objectives listed in this document. See briefs for specific details of assessment criteria for each project. To pass an assessment, work submitted should show satisfactory achievement in all learning objectives.