Contemporary Design Issues

DDD20004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Sarawak Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

11 Jul 22 - 9 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

5 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Aug 22

More teaching periods

Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22


DDD10001 - 20th Century Design

Aims and objectives

This unit explores key issues in contemporary design and media practice and their relation to social, economic and political contexts. Students will be introduced to appropriate research and writing methodologies and apply these skills to design practice and projects.

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Investigate and analyse design and media issues in relation to social, economic and political contexts using primary sources
2. Articulate a range of contemporary issues related to design and media practice;
3. Use a body of relevant critical theory in the form of an argument and apply it to design and/or media practice;
4. Develop a cohesive argument about a design issue that articulates a point of view, suitable for a published (professional) journal;