Design (2020)

The study of Design combines an understanding of human needs and desires, forming creative solutions, prototyping and developing artefacts and evaluating their impact and effectiveness in society. It comprises a well-balanced combination of analytical, technological and creative abilities.


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  • Prescriptions for the Postgraduate Diploma in Design (PGDipDes) and Master of Design (MDes)

    To complete a PGDipDes, students must complete 120 points at 500 level. Typically, the programme corresponds to 120 points of taught papers as would be taken by MDes students.

    To complete a MDes, students must complete 180 points at 500 level, including DSIGN581 (30 points). Students not wishing to complete a research-led MDes degree could take DSIGN591 (30 points) if DSIGN581 is in their programme of study, or could take DSIGN592 (60 points). The remaining papers should be chosen from appropriate 500 level taught papers. A research-led MDes degree would include either a 90 point or 120 point Design Thesis and Realisation.

    Students should select their papers for these qualifications in consultation with the Graduate Advisor for Design in the School of Computing and Mathemetical Sciences.

  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    DSIGN532Information Visualisation20A (Hamilton)
    This paper aims to provide an awareness of the potential offered by information visualisation techniques, a familiarity with the underlying concepts, and an understanding and ability to effectively design and apply information visualisations in a given context.
    DSIGN551Studio Management20A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the management of design projects in the studio. It is intended for those aiming for a future senior position in a design studio, or those managing freelance teams.
    DSIGN581Design Research Methods20A (Hamilton)
    Write a report based on the investigation of a topic that is negotiated with a supervisor.
    DSIGN589Directed Study20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    DSIGN590Directed Study20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    DSIGN591Design Dissertation and Realisation20X (Hamilton)
    Write a dissertation and undertake a publically exhibited realisation on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor.
    DSIGN592Design Dissertation and Realisation20X (Hamilton)
    Write a dissertation and undertake a publically exhibited realisation on a research topic negotiated with a supervisor.
    DSIGN593Design Thesis and Realisation20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    DSIGN594Design Thesis and Realisation20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    MEDIA501Theory and Research in Action20A (Hamilton)
    This paper identifies the constraints and freedoms of research methods, and places a strong emphasis on research as an intellectual, theoretical, and processual activity as well as the roles of interdisciplinary projects in creating unique methodological and conceptual media research.
    MEDIA504Media Design and Aesthetics20A (Hamilton)
    Audio-visual media are undergoing continual transformations that question the roles of makers and audiences alike. Students are encouraged to experiment with sensory perception in order to question current notions of aesthetics in relation to cultural practices and media creations. This process of reflection encourages critical per...

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 November 2019 2:21pm

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