University of Technology Sydney

88952 Design Project Specialisation

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

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks


Within the context of an undergraduate design project students reflect on the major issues implicit in the design task, be it commercial, social, environmental or technical. The subject is aimed at providing students with an understanding of how a design solution might impact beyond the initial intention. Regular seminars, in addition to the project tutorials, reflect on the project work in this wider context.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. To reflect on the process of design and its relationship to complex social, commercial, environmental, or technological concerns.
2. To understand the dynamic nature of design and how design interacts with the forces of change.
3. To demonstrate a high level of creativity and innovative thought.

Teaching and learning strategies

Weekly lectures, tutorials, and guest lectures.

Students are expected to attend weekly tutorial workshops that explore their particular discipline direction. This direction is then tested through a project and interaction with a discipline specific subject, and later reflected upon in a reflective design outcome.

Content (topics)

The content is dependent on the undergraduate subject being monitored. The subjects are normally: (86150) Consumer Environment; (88516) Furniture Industry and Development; (83563) Dress Body and Couture; (87555) VC Project: Design Practice; (84135) Ecodesign Practice; and (86031) Directions in Spatial Experience.