Courses & Units

Design History ZAD222

Hobart, Launceston


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
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Design

Sophia Holmes

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 1 On-Campus Domestic
Hobart Term 3 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 1 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 3 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 1 3/2/2020 24/2/2020 11/3/2020 9/4/2020
Term 3 20/7/2020 10/8/2020 25/8/2020 25/9/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and describe historical influences on contemporary design practice

2. Evaluate the main ideas, motivations and social context of design movements

3. Apply elements of historical design thinking to a design process

4. Apply discipline based skills and knowledge in dynamic practice situations

5. Analyse and communicate core concepts related to discipline knowledge and practice

6. Analyse and evaluate applications of innovative and/or entrepreneurial practice

7. Develop and communicate understandings related to graduate attributes and transferable skills as adaptive practitioners



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 100599

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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: Timeline- Historical Design Examples (20%)

AT2: Case Study and Artefact Design (30%)

AT3: Design Study and Rationale (40%)

AT4: CoLab Journal (10%)

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