University of Technology Sydney

89131 Objects and Accessories Studio: Fold

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 12 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Description

This studio focuses on creativity and innovation in the context of object design. The theme for this studio is fold. Students build on the conceptual, formal, analytical and critical skills developed in previous studies or professional experiences. The studio enables students to explore and experiment, exposing them to the endless ways objects can be made. Objects developed within a contained scale enable the student to investigate multiple situations and proposals, realising designs that deliver a deeper understanding of form and material. Parallel studies into the historical, social and cultural aspects linked to the concept of fold in object design enable further understanding and clearly articulated positioning of work in a contemporary context. Innovation is driven by the creative application of new and unique combinations of material and process. Students in the studio need to be highly motivated and self-directed, and appreciate that the central focus of this studio is making.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Demonstrate the skill and knowledge required to develop designs for small or limited batch production.
2. Ability to reflect upon and explain your own learning, thoughts and ideas
3. Demonstrate the ability to develop broad reaching conceptual project ideas
4. Evidence of self-direction and autonomy in the research, design development, production and commercialisation processes.
5. Appreciate the importance of experimentation in new product design.
6. Develop appropriately considered and well resolved design outcomes.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Value for the designer's role as a responsible global citizen, including alertness to the impact of design on environmental ecologies and issues of social justice (A.1)
  • Capacity to work flexibly within a team and make a positive contribution to team dynamics (C.2)
  • Ability to adapt communication style to context (C.3)
  • 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 craft skills appropriate to the discipline (P.3)
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise complex ideas (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.).

Teaching and learning strategies

Face-to-face studios will incorporate a range of teaching and learning strategies including short presentations, group and individual student discussions. These will be complemented by independent student explorations and experimentation with materials and processes.

Content (topics)

The Object and Accessory studio is composed of four key modules;

1. Material exploration and experimentation

2. Object design

3. Small batch production

4. Design enterprise

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Fold Object

Intent:

A project to develop and assess the students' understanding of design for small batch production.The focus will be on; experimentation, iteration, process and object resolution.

Objective(s):

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, P.3 and R.2

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 60%

Assessment task 2: Project Book

Intent:

A project to experience the challenges associated with batch production, which differ from the construction of a single artefact and the commercialisation of the final design.

Objective(s):

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.):

.2, A.1 and C.2

Type: Journal
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%

Assessment task 3: Video

Intent:

A task to develop the students' ability to record and critically reflect on their design process.

Objective(s):

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.):

.4, C.3 and P.1

Type: Journal
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%
Criteria:

A task to develop the students' ability to record and critically reflect on their design process.

Recommended texts

Anderson, C., 2012, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, Random House Business Books, London

Hermano, M.L., Somerson, R., (eds) 2013 The Art of Critical Making, John Wiley and Sons Inc., New Jersey

Korn, P., 2013, Why we Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman, David R.Godine, New Hampshire

Sennett, R., 2008, The Craftsman, Penguin Books, London