ART304 Aspects of Design (8)


This subject provides an understanding of the context in which designers work and an introduction to contemporary design theory. Students will study the emergence and development of design as an area of professional practice, focussing on key points of change from the nineteenth century to the present. Selected key issues will be covered, including the influence of political, social and technological changes on design practice historically and in the present. An independent research component provides an opportunity for in-depth investigation of an area of design relevant to each student.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ART304
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment restrictions

Not for students who have successfully completed ART214
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate the impact of political, social and technological changes on historic and contemporary design practice
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of an area of design relevant to their own professional practice
  • be able to engage in debates on a range of contemporary design issues
  • be able to situate their own professional practice in relation to historical and contemporary design contexts


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Design reform and the emergence of the profession
  • Early twentieth century design: from 'craft' to mass production
  • Post WW2 design: consumerism and affluence
  • The late twentieth century: pluralism and diversity
  • The twenty-first century: globalisation, sustainability and beyond


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.