School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Contextual Design StudiesWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 102275.1


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Alison Gill

Equivalent Units
101080 - Design Issues

102266 Researching the Visual

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2020 Autumn  Yes  Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road - DAY  See Coordinator above   Timetable.   Print Unit Outline*

*If using Safari, Firefox or Chrome to print the Unit Outline, right-click on the Print Unit Outline link and select 'Save link as...' or in Safari 'Download Linked File'

About this Unit
Contextual design studies is the study of what happens around design practice – before, during and after – to explain its meaning and effect. Successful communication design has always depended on the connection between form, content, audience and context, and the designer's abilities to analyse, understand and clarify the contexts of communication have become more important to creative practice. In this unit students will learn to apply the theoretical frameworks of semiotic, thematic and rhetorical analysis used by the interdisciplinary field of Design Studies to interpret design’s potential as cultural expression and communication. Students will analyse visual signs and conventions as both targeted and tacit responses to a range of contexts revealing design’s interests in marketplaces, society and identity. Students will analyse various graphic examples, and design literature, as they investigate the significance and agency of design interactions, media artefacts and systems.

1571.8Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)CONTINUING
1571.9Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)CURRENT
1737.2Bachelor of Design - Visual Communication (Dean's Scholars)CURRENT
1838.1Bachelor of Creative IndustriesCURRENT
1839.1Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Creative IndustriesCURRENT
1840.1Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Creative IndustriesCURRENT
1841.1Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Creative IndustriesCURRENT
1842.1Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Creative IndustriesCURRENT
1843.1Bachelor of Graphic Design (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)CURRENT
6011.1Diploma in Design/Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)CONTINUING
6011.2Diploma in Design/Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)CURRENT
6013.1Diploma in Design/Bachelor of Graphic Design (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)CURRENT


M1116.1Graphic DesignCURRENT
SM1118.1Graphic DesignCURRENT

Western Sydney University Copyright © 2004-2016 ABN 53 014 069 881 CRICOS Provider No: 00917K Contact Us | Disclaimer | Emergency Help |