University of Technology Sydney

88016 Global Studio B

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

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


Learn about global cinema from a design perspective. In this subject students watch and analyse films from across the globe, building their understanding of cross-cultural design. Students build their design approach and vocabulary by synthesising and presenting key design ideas found in films. The format of the class is screenings and seminars led by guest film experts.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Understand the role of cinema in global design culture
2. Develop a practical understanding of interdisciplinary collaboration in design writing
3. Plan and execute research in a professional manner
4. Improved group work skills and appreciation of team rolls
5. Undertake advanced reflective practice

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.).

Teaching and learning strategies

Teaching and learning activities occur in block-mode intensives and employ design-based learning methods, inlcuding research through design.

The curriculum uses project-based group learning activities to provoke participatory discussions and encourage multidisciplinary teamwork. For this reason the subject use a progressive, sequential project-based approach to design. All students are expected to follow suggested learning patterns and activities detailed in the studio specific learning guide, and are also encouraged to participate actively in the group discussions that occur during the studio sessions.

Students gain weekly verbal feedback which they then use to update their work progressively throughout the studio. It is therefore vital for students to complete the preparation work to receive useful formative feedback from peers, tutors and industry professionals. All assessments will be graded in ReView. ReView will be used as a formative feedback mechanism.

Content (topics)

Cinema and Design; genre; semiotics; aesthetics; visual language; costume design; storywords, cultural theory.


Assessment task 1: Research Portfolio


Develop and present a research portolio. Please see studio specific learning guide.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1 and 2

Type: Essay
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%

Single pdf of 3 designed outcome + 200 words for each.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Depth of Engagement with research topic 50 1
Quality of Presentation of Content: Quality in written expression, correct grammar, spelling and referencing. 50 2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Design Presentation


Research, develop and present a group project.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

3, 4 and 5

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Planning and management of group process 20 4
Quality and creativity of presentation 40 3
Evidence of participation and Engagement in Seminars within presentation 40 5
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.
Students must submit all three assessments to pass the subject.

Students are advised that this subject invovles a significant reading and writing component. If students are concerned about their literacy skills they are encouraged to contact UTS Higher Education Language and Presentation Support (UTS HELPS) service as early as possible.