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ARTD2101 Introduction to Design Futures (Dalian)

Module Overview

This module is one of the option modules that can be taken by students from the two programmes taught at Dalian. Whilst the learning outcomes are the same no matter which of these programmes you are taking, the output from this module may reflect the media or materials of your programme.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the concept and value of "ethics within Art & Design";
  • integrity in creative design e.g. copyright;
  • an awareness of practices that are responsible with regards to environmental issues and social communities.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • identify the central themes and problems of ethics within Art & Design and relate them to your own practice;
  • make informed decisions regarding working practices and justify those decisions;
  • present and debate a basic understanding of low impact practices, sustainability and creative design that considers the wider community.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • engage in group discussion to communicate informed concepts;
  • manage the time to access resources available;
  • present the outcome of your research in a seminar context;
  • demonstrate awareness of global contexts.


This module introduces you to some of the debates and arguments that are central to an ethical understanding of the practice of design. You will be introduced to such issues as provenance and the subjects of sustainability, the value of cultural diversity and social responsibility of design and creative practice. You will be encouraged to debate these definitions, perspectives and the application of these theories relative to your subject. The critical perspectives addressed in this module are viewed from the point of view of the practitioner.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Lectures • Seminars • Critical debates Learning activities include: • Lectures • Contributions to group discussions • Research and reading • Peer group learning Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes: You will be introduced to a range of subject material through lectures and have the opportunity to discuss and debate these subjects in seminar groups. You will be encouraged to research and study particular aspects of social responsibility and ethical practices in design, in particular, with regards to your own subject and ideas. You will have the opportunity to critically reflect on your practice and debate your awareness of the needs of others and the potential impact of creative design on the environment.

Wider reading or practice30
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Completion of assessment task40
Follow-up work20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Fletcher, K. and Grose, L (2012).  Fashion and Sustainability : Design for Change. 

Gwilt, A. (2011). sustainable fashion (electronic resource) changing the way we make and use clothes.. 

Martin, R (2009). The Design of Business: Why design thinking is the next competitive advantage.. 

Black, S (2008). Eco Chic: a fashion paradox. 

Bell, J. and Waters (2014). Doing your research project: A guideline for first time researchers. 

Papanek, V (2009). Design for the Real World. 

Farley, J (2014). Sustainable fashion [electronic resource] : past, present, and future. 

Braungart, M. and McDonough, W (2009). Cradle to Cradle. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Case study 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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