In this unit, you will be introduced to historical influences on the development of contemporary design practices. You will examine the key features of art history in the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century periods, as well as specific design movements, such as the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, Modernism, Futurism, Art Deco, Bauhaus, Surrealism, Pop Art, Minimalism & Post-modernism. You will learn to develop informed responses to the main ideas and motivations behind these eras and movements. You will also consider overarching themes such as sustainability, and the changing roles of technology, manufacturing and the artisan.
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In this unit, you will participate in a range of learning activities that focus on design thinking processes and principles, and then be provided opportunities to apply these in practice. You will therefore empathise with the customer/user, identify and define the problem, prototype, test and propose solutions.
These activities allow you to develop discipline-specific skills, knowledge and behaviours, alongside a range of employability skills and professional attributes. Some of these include, for example, empathy, active inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and innovation, and communication.
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- International students
- Domestic students
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- Identify historical influences on contemporary design practice
- Evaluate the main ideas, motivations and social context of historic design movements
- Apply historic influences and ideas to solve contemporary problems
- Reflect on importance of historic reference in contemporary design practice
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Two hour tutorial and three hours of collaborative workshops per week.
Launceston and Hobart students will study at Foundry campuses.
AT1: Timeline- Historical Design Examples (30%)
AT2: Case Study and Artefact Design (30%)
AT3: Design Study and Rationale (40%)
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