Courses & Units

Design History ZAD222

Launceston, Hobart


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.


Unit name Design History
Unit code ZAD222
Credit points 12.5
College/School University College
Discipline Applied Design
Coordinator Doctor Niklavs Rubenis
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
100599 $1,002.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,445.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3

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Teaching Pattern


AssessmentAT2: Visual Essay: Iconic Design (30%)|AT1: Poster: Retro Design (30%)|AT3: Our Lives are Designed by Designed Things (40%)
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