Courses & Units

Circular Design ZAD108

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


Circular design challenges the idea that things should be used once and thrown away. In this subject, students learn about a systems approach to design, in which resources are re-used and any waste created feeds back into the design loop to create something new.  Designers play key role in product development, applying their skills in design thinking to create innovative solutions addressing waste generation and the sustainable and ethical sourcing of materials. Students will engage with real world examples and design their own products, adopting the philosophy of circular design.


Unit name Circular Design
Unit code ZAD108
Credit points 6.25
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Design

Dr Donald Thomson

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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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.

  • Assemble an online portfolio illustrating ‘good’ and ‘poor’ examples of circular design (20%)
  • Plan a campaign that explains circular design and its benefits to society and the environment (30%)
  • Design and brand a product/service that employs circular design thinking and explain how it achieves sustainable and/or regenerative outcomes (50%)
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