School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Social Design: Research and PracticeWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 102274.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Students should have completed one specialisation pairing.

Equivalent Units
101020 Design Research Training

102270 Graphic Design: The Professional Context OR 102266 Researching the Visual

About this Unit
This unit introduces students to the idea that graphic designers can be agents of change. Set project briefs will focus on social and political issues exploring the potential inherent in graphic design practice to make a real difference to society. The unit will encourage students to go beyond the definition of a problem solver, encouraging them to act as a problem seeker, who can use their design thinking skills to develop ideas that respond proactively to society's problems rather than reacting to a client's set brief. The unit will introduce further design-led, social and participatory research methods, that continue to build on the design process, and further expand the methods that underpin aspects of research and practice during the remainder of the degree. Students will refine and develop their visual language skills, in combination with material and digital skills, facilitating their development as an independent learner.

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