SCQF Level: 08
Module Code: DES202
Credit Value: 20
Term: Term 2
School: School of Arts, Media and Games
The module is concerned with the contexts of design across a range of creative fields, and challenges students to investigate design history, the role of the designer, along with emergent design practices.
The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the ability to explore the wider discipline of design through understanding design standards, ethics, affordances and the significance of diversity and accessibility.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an awareness of the historical contexts of design.
2. Describe and analyse the techniques and processes of design.
3. Explain the role of human capability, ethics, aesthetics, commercial factors and novelty.
1 Design History
Design movements, manifestos, key designers.
2 Design Principles
Visual and artistic elements, balance and harmony, form and function.
3 The Design Process
Identifying the stages and elements of design practice, facilitating good design.
4 Design Beyond Games
Design in other contexts, i.e architecture, urban design, product design, service design etc.
Social and physical influences on design, cultural awareness, stereotypes and tropes.
Understanding the user’s needs, designing for inclusion.
7 Design Practice
Design methods, prototyping, evaluating and analysing.
8 Design Futures
Emerging styles, technologies and audiences.
Understanding and constructing a system of moral principles in design.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Students will participate in a series of lectures and seminars. Readings cover the core content of the module, highlighting the core knowledge and theory of design and design processes. The seminar sessions will focus on topic exploration, class discussions, small creative tasks, and other exercises that may feed into the portfolio of evidence.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
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Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.