Introducing Design History

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introducing Design History

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, History, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit encompasses a broad survey of the history of design from the civilizations of antiquity to the opening of the 20th century - including architecture, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture. It is a first year foundation unit and serves as preparation for more detailed and specialized studies in history and theory in subsequent years. Key designs, ideas and artefacts and the aesthetic, environmental, technological, socio-cultural and political factors that related to their production will be analysed.
    Learning Outcomes
    By the completion of this unit you should be able to demonstrate the following specific capabilities at beginning level:
    1. Describe and discuss the relevance and purpose of the study of history to the practice of design
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of the people, events, history and vocabulary of design
    3. Describe and discuss the linkages between selected theoretical, social and practical design concepts and their influences on design change through history
    4. Critically analyse sources and develop well-considered, logical, written responses and argument concerning design
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    Teaching and learning takes place through blended learning including: lectures, tutorials, discipline seminars all supported by online learning resources.
    Teaching Mode
    Lecture: 1.5 hrs/wk (13 Weeks)
    Tutorial: 1 hr/wk (10 weeks)
    Discipline Seminar: 1 hr/wk (8 weeks)
    Online: available for review all semester
    This unit is designed to integrate generalised theory of design history with discipline specific content. Delivery of generalised lectures will be interspersed with opportunities for students to access the discipline specific content. Peer learning in tutorials will be used to practise and develop your critical analysis skills.

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