Courses & Units

Design Aesthetics ZAD102

Hobart, Launceston


In this unit, you will investigate elements and principles of visual language in art and design. You will also be introduced to the nature of ‘aesthetics,’ including cultural and historical ideals of representation, perception, beauty, style and effective design. You will learn to observe and evaluate how these factors impact on social relations (e.g. fashion, media, food and entertainment) and human experience of the built environment (e.g. interior and outdoor spaces). Individually and/or in groups, you will discover how you can draw on and develop a specific design element, or design aesthetic, to re-imagine an existing design artefact.


Unit name Design Aesthetics
Unit code ZAD102
Credit points 6.25
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Design

Dr Donald Thomson

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 1 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 1 On-Campus Domestic


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Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 1 5/2/2018 13/3/2018 14/3/2018 15/4/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
1 2018: $402.00 100501

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Teaching Pattern

Two hour tutorial and three hours of collaborative workshops per week.

Launceston and Hobart students will study at Foundry campuses.


AT1: Field Observations - Design Aesthetics (20%) AT2: Design Artefact Development & Process Description (30%) AT3: Artefact Creation & Rationale (40%) AT4: CoLab Journal (10%)

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