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
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
School of Communication and Creative Industries
Enrolment restrictions

Not for students who have successfully completed ART214

Incompatable Subjects
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
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.