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Design Practices units provide a foundation for you to develop your confidence as practitioners both now and into the future. They provide both a business-based perspective and look to the future direction of the profession and your role in it.

In Design Practices 2: Futures, you will identify, refine and target future opportunities in design practice aligned with your own interests. You will research and investigate different emerging fields of practice in design and discuss the complexities embedded in moral and ethical obligations, both as an individual practitioner and in relation to the profession. You will develop a personal design philosophy that identifies and justifies your position and aspirations in relation to your design field and future-focused practice.

Based on your identified position, you will be supported through workshops to develop a targeted professional portfolio and CV or design research statement that prepares you for future practice, or for further study.

Summary 2020

Unit name Architecture Theory: Discipline Futures
Unit code KDA349
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design


Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

ILO1 - Locate and justify personal position in relation to fields and practices of design.

ILO2 - Employ effective communication strategies for professional or academic audiences.

ILO3 - Identify and critically discuss legal and ethical issues in design.

Contribution to Graduate Outcomes (Degree Core unit)

Ethics: Students research approaches to professional pitches and apply to their own proposal for a research or professional project (for Hons or industry); assessed via portfolio and CV (AT3)
Well-being: Students are guided to connect personal values, well-being and resilience; expressed and assessed via visual manifesto (AT2)
Experiential learning: Students research and adopt professional conventions to pitch a project; assessed via project proposal and CV (AT3)




KDA235 and KDA241 OR KDA248 and KDA249


Teaching Pattern



Design Ethics Presentation - 25%
Visual Manifesto - 30%
Portfolio & Design Research Statement or CV - 45%

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