This module will advance your knowledge and critical understanding of current debates that inform theoretical and practical approaches to design and their applicability in the creative industries. You will be encouraged to think, discuss and write critically at an advanced level about a variety of issues concerning design and the creative industries, including: collaborative and environmental practices, material and economic sustainability, consumption, social enterprise, and corporate social responsibility. Additionally, it will deepen your awareness and critical understanding of a range of ethical issues and sensitivities associated with critical and cultural matters of difference (such as gender, social class, ethnicity, and age) and their relevance to design practice, design communication and design consumption. Finally the module will encourage students to reflect upon the impact of relevant theories and practices in local and global contexts.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- varied practices, materials and technologies for idea generation and concept development applicable to responsible design and creative practice;
- practices that are responsible in regards to communicating such issues to a wide audience (ie. through filmmaking, campaigning and activism).
- competing contexts, issues and debates relating to environmental issues, social and cultural communities, social enterprise and sustainability, within local and global economies;
- a range of theoretical concepts relevant to ethics in the creative arts and design contexts, with critical applications to social, economic and environmental issues related to the creative industries;
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- make informed decisions regarding working practices and justify those decisions;
- demonstrate a depth of critical and analytical thinking in relation to ethical and sustainable theories and related practices;
- identify central themes and problematics in contemporary creative arts and design contexts. Students of practice-led programmes will be able to associate those with their studio practice;
- critically evaluate complex problems and apply reasoned thinking and ideas to proposed outcomes or design solutions;
- present and debate an advanced understanding of communication strategies related to varied practices in the creative arts and design contexts.
- analyse and evaluate theoretical perspectives on topics such as identity, consumption, organic practices and globalisation, and consider strategies that attempt to address their impact and influence;
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- demonstrate interpersonal skills and interact effectively with peers and tutors through discussion and negotiation;
- articulate complex ideas and information through a variety of oral, written and presentation formats;
- effectively manage own workload, meet deadlines and work independently;
- present the outcome of your research in a seminar context.
This module builds on your extended knowledge gained from Introduction to Design Futures module in level 2 and extends the opportunities for you to critically analyse, debate and address key current issues and debates associated with design as they relate to your discipline-specific practice.
The module is designed to challenge and develop your ability to critically reflect upon competing concepts and contemporary debates associated with design and related creative practices, as well as their impact within local and global contexts. You will extend your knowledge on such issues as environmental practices and eco-design, social, economic and material sustainability corporate social responsibility (CSR), as well as communication for social change.
The critical perspectives addressed in this module are viewed from the point of view of the practitioner, but also from a theoretical standpoint. The skills offered by this module also underpin in design that is industry aware and ethically focused.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
You will learn through a range of learning activities such as:
Teaching methods include:
- Contributions to group discussions
- Online research and reading
- Peer group learning
Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes
This module’s learning and teaching methods are designed to challenge you and help you broaden your critical understanding of a range of key issues associated with current design theories and practices to enable you to explore them further as part of your subject-specific practice.
In this module, learning and teaching activities focus on helping you to investigate, question and analyse different perspectives on design and associated creative practices, including design communication, as well as issues related to design consumption. You will be encouraged to consider how these issues influence your own creative work and your study discipline. Feedback on your progress and development will be given by group discussions, seminars and workshops. Informal feedback will provide opportunities for peer group learning and self-evaluation.
The formal assessment will be a 3000 word, illustrated essay, to consist of 3000 words plus a minimum of 10 Harvard referenced illustrations, (equal to 500 words) that locates your own ideas within the contexts discussed in the course.
The Student-led sessions are intended to extend debate around material from lectures and seminars. These sessions, in combination with tutorials, allow you to develop your understanding of the knowledge and methods you have explored in this module. They also help you to evaluate your thinking, practical and transferable skills.
|Completion of assessment task||20|
|Wider reading or practice||16|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||64|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Illustrated essay Essay proposal
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External