Design in Context

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Design in Context

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Art, Design Management, Graphic Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Industrial design and new media are pervasive fields of human endeavour which contribute to the complex interactions in our relationship to technology through artefacts and experiences. By observing and analysing historical approaches and responses in and between these design disciplines, students will explore design history from new perspectives. Analytical, critical and discursive skills, both oral and written are emphasised.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1: Recognise key styles, concepts, issues and debates in the history of design and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between design and larger social and cultural contexts.
    2: Conduct independent research on specific design-related topics of interest and relevance.
    3: Competently write about design in realtionship to diversity of contexts.
    4: Formulate a convincing and concise argument addressing issues of design.
    5: Respect the ideas, arguments, and work of other students and faculty and to engage in thoughtful debate and discussion.

    Bootcamp 5%
    Assignments (5) 7%/each = 35%
    Tests (2) 20%/each = 40%
    Progress Based Assessments (10) 20%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.