DE4008 - Design History, Theory & Context

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What will I learn on this module?

At the start of the semester you will be provided with an overview of the content and structure of the Design for Industry programme, and the learning environment and processes of the Faculty and University.

This module also examines historical and contemporary influences on design within a global context. You will explore the history of design through a chronological survey of key styles, movements and practitioners. We will also address the underlying historical and cultural factors that shape design history. Classes will examine themes such as Modernism, Art Deco, Streamlining and Postmodernism. The module will develop your knowledge of design history, expanding your visual vocabulary as a designer and enabling you to take inspiration from the design of the past. We will also consider the wider social and cultural significance of design practice, reflecting on issues such as the meanings of design, the role of the designer and the position of design within society. Through lecturers, seminars and workshops, you will develop study skills vital for academic success and for your future career as design professionals.

You will be introduced to the considerations designers must make in relation to human factors/ergonomics, with particular focus on how we experience physical products, digital interfaces and services. You will also be encouraged to consider usability more generally within each of these focuses.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is taught through illustrated weekly lectures supported by seminars. Your participation in seminars is strongly encouraged and will help you to develop and communicate your ideas. Each session will involve presentations by the tutor to establish key terms of reference, followed by group discussion of the issues raised.

Directed learning and reading will encourage independent research, visual analysis of design objects and critical reflection on design theory and practice. You will be supported in the skills of academic essay writing through the use of formative and summative learning and through the use of Turnitin.

Set assignments will require you to form and articulate your own viewpoints, demonstrating your understanding of particular topics; you will work on these assignments independently, and during self-directed studio sessions.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic support will be provided through seminars, individual tutorials and use of the eLearning Portal. Seminars and tutorials will give you the opportunity to identify and discuss assessment criteria, both at the planning stage and as you engage with tasks. Tutorials will offer you support with any specific issues or concerns. Sample student work will be provided via the eLearning Portal to guide you in your preparation. Study skills sessions will ensure good practice for everyone following the module. Formative feedback will be ongoing in group learning sessions. Written feedback will be provided within 20 working days of assignment submission.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MK4.1 - Demonstrate an elementary awareness of historical and contemporary design issues and contexts through enquiry and presentation. (PK4.1)

Intellectual/Professional Skills & Abilities

MI4.2 - Source, review and discuss industrial design related issues or topics in a scholarly manner as evidenced through the presentation of critical argument. (PI4.1)

Personal Value Attributes

MP4.1 - Demonstrate engagement and commitment for your studies as evidenced through engagement with your tutors, peers and managing your own learning. (PP4.1)

MP4.3 - Show a fundamental awareness of ethical issues and responsible design practice through design context studies. (PP4.2)

How will I be assessed?

The assessment is based on a series of set assignments (100%) that test your ability to reflect on and critique youir own work and the work of others in the construction and communication of your own viewpoint. Formative feedback will be provided during participatory lectures where you will have the opportunity to discuss your ideas.

You will undergo a mid-point review at the end of semester one, where tutors will review your portfolio of work created in this module and give you feedback on the strengths that are evident, as well as areas that require improvement.

The module will conclude at the end of the year with a similar review of the portfolio of work and feedback. This is normally done in an exhibition format so that you can gain an appreciation of the standard and range of work across the whole cohort in relation to your own work

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

DE4007 - Industrial Design Foundation
DE4009 – Communicating Design

Module abstract

At the start of the semester you will be provided with an overview of the content and structure of the Design for Industry programme, and the learning environment and processes of the Faculty and University.

This module also examines historical and contemporary influences on design within a global context. You will explore the history of design through a chronological survey of key styles, movements and practitioners. We will also address the underlying historical and cultural factors that shape design history. Classes will examine themes such as Modernism, Art Deco, Streamlining and Postmodernism. The module will develop your knowledge of design history, expanding your visual vocabulary as a designer and enabling you to take inspiration from the design of the past. We will also consider the wider social and cultural significance of design practice, reflecting on issues such as the meanings of design, the role of the designer and the position of design within society. Through lecturers, seminars and workshops, you will develop study skills vital for academic success and for your future career as design professionals.

You will be introduced to the considerations designers must make in relation to human factors/ergonomics, with particular focus on how we experience physical products, digital interfaces and services. You will also be encouraged to consider usability more generally within each of these focuses.

Course info

UCAS Code W240

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Northumbria School of Design

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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