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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

Incompatible 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


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ART304 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Forum participation
Reflective learning journal - part 1
Reflective learning journal - part 2

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.