University of Technology Sydney

85814 Independent Practice Project A

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 12 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

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

Description

This subject involves the conceptualisation and development of a significant design project. Students develop their studio specialisation in Fashion & Textiles, Product Design, Visual Communication and Photography. Students independently generate meaningful and innovative designed outcomes guided by their studio leaders through self-directed research and experimentation. The subject operates in connection with 85810 Research Methods and 85812 Advanced Design Workshop 1: Design Research. In turn, this subject operates as the design studio space for generative and evaluative design work using design techniques in the creation of artefacts. These artefacts and the recorded process of their development both embody and situate theories, principles, values and strategies collectively formulated across the suite of Honours subjects. This subject and 85815 Independent Project B can be thought of jointly as the Honours Project.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Conceptualise innovative designs that are sustainable and ethically informed.
2. Communicate professionally in presentations of design ideas, processes, and outcomes.
3. Challenge design convention and responsibly develop alternative design approaches.
4. Develop complex and novel ideas with curiosity and imagination.
5. Independently initiate and manage each stage of a design project effectively and professionally.
6. Develop a contextualised practice-led design approach that is informed by research.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Develop and apply an informed, sustainable, and ethical position in design practice. (A.1)
  • Communicate ideas clearly and confidently across various tasks in professional, creative and research contexts. (C.2)
  • Challenge design conventions and apply innovative design solutions to existing and emergent design practices and systems. (I.1)
  • Demonstrate conceptual rigour when developing ideas and versatility, curiosity and imagination when developing designed outcomes. (I.2)
  • Ability to self-manage, including task initiation, allocation of time and realisation of outcomes. (P.2)
  • Demonstrate awareness of design history and theory and critically reflect on existing design paradigms for problem setting and solving. (R.2)

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.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs) are linked to these categories using codes (e.g. C-1, A-3, P-4, etc.).

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Exploration & Experimentation

Intent:

To find your way into the project by engaging in a series of experiments that examine the relationship between design research and design practice, according to your area of interest.

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.):

C.2, I.1 and I.2

Weight: 20%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Ability to communicate key and relevant details concerning your design project proposal in a well-structured, clearly articulated and visually sophisticated way. 5 2 C.2
Demonstrated use of a range of methods used to experiment and evaluate the connections between design research and design practice to appropriately set the scope of your project. 8 3 I.1
Ability to independently create innovative concepts, processes, and strategies to address complex issues with curiosity and imagination. 8 4 I.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Design in Progress

Intent:

To engage in a design practice informed by research to further refine your concept and the nature of the artefacts that embody your values and enable the experiences you wish to make possible.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 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.):

A.1, C.2, I.1 and I.2

Weight: 30%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Demonstrated ability to engage in design practice informed by research to develop innovative designs that are sustainable and ethically informed. 8 1 A.1
Articulation of design ideas, process and outcomes that are well-structured, clear in communication and visually sophisticated and persuasive. 8 2 C.2
Continued and further developed use of a variety of methods to explore and understand how to both challenge design conventions and innovate new and exciting ways forward. 8 3 I.1
Ability to independently refine innovative concepts, processes, and strategies to more contextually address complex issues with curiosity and imagination. 8 4 I.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Design concept

Intent:

To prepare and present your final design concept.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 4, 5 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.):

C.2, I.2, P.2 and R.2

Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Demonstrated ability to effectively develop a contextualised practice-led design approach that is informed by research and design theory. 10 6 R.2
Ability to independently develop innovative concepts that address complex issues with curiosity and imagination evidenced in the process and final concept design presented. 13 4 I.2
Demonstrated ability to independently initiate and manage a design project professionally and responsibly evidenced in the process presented in connection with your time-plan for the next session. 13 5 P.2
Articulation of design ideas, process and outcomes that is well-structured, clear in communication and visually sophisticated and persuasive through all representations delivered. 15 2 C.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

The DAB attendance policy requires students to attend no less than 80% of formal teaching sessions (lectures and tutorials) for each class they are enrolled in to remain eligible for assessment.