University of Technology Sydney

85502 Researching Design Histories

6cp; 1hpw (lecture), 2hpw (tutorial)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


History is an essential part of understanding the designed world we live in today. An understanding of design histories and key design concepts enables designers to make more convincing arguments for their work and to make informed and ethical decisions about products, services, systems, practices, materials, production, and technologies. Through familiarity with historical examples and concepts, students begin to build the foundations on which to confidently understand, assess and critique their own design practice, as well as design in the wider world.

The subject particularly encourages the development of historically informed and critical understandings of design forms, objects, and practices in context. It also addresses skills in critical visual and formal analysis. In addition, it functions as a foundational subject that develops students’ academic research, writing and communication skills, which will support their academic and professional careers into the future.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus
Spring session, City campus

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