AD5003: Contemporary Issues in Design

AD5003: Contemporary Issues in Design

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Contemporary Issues in Design
Module Code AD5003
Module Tutor Jean Boyd
School School of Art and Design
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

The module aims to introduce students to current debates, themes and issues surrounding the Design profession. The module will help to equip the student with a critical perspective on their own practice in relation to contemporary design issues. This may highlight areas of particular interest that could be developed into a dissertation or major research proposal and further explored in Level 6.

The module is delivered as a series of lectures, seminars and discussions covering a range of key topics relevant to issues in contemporary design practice.

Indicative Syllabus

This module explores current debates, themes and issues relating to Design and contemporary visual communication.

We will look at a broad range of visual communications and new communication models. We will consider ethics and social responsibility, sustainability, brand communication, the digital consumer, authenticity in the digital age, and the expanding field of design. Students will be required to analyse and discuss a variety of visual representations using a range of methodologies.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1.Research: Demonstrate the ability to identify and use a broad range of relevant, authoritative research sources in response to the essay questions. Make use of established and new knowledge that informs ongoing debates around design and visual communication.

2.Analysis: Demonstrate the ability to analyse and interpret competing perspectives within your research. Evaluate the validity and significance of your evidence and from this draw balanced conclusions in your written debate.

3.Concepts: Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of key theories, concepts and frameworks used in the discussion of design. Acknowledge and evaluate competing concepts, their strengths and limitations. Situate the ethical and professional responsibilities of the designer.

4.Development: Demonstrate the ability to develop a balanced debate from your research and analysis and use this in your written work. Identify and develop the implications of new patterns and relationships between design and its contexts.

5.Outcome: Demonstrate the ability to organize, present and reference your written and visual material to established academic standards. Understand the requirements of a range of communication formats.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 4000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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