Design Futures

DDD80017 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020. 

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

Aims and objectives

Design Futures is an interdisciplinary unit that aims to connect theory and practice. It aims to take a critical approach to imagining and practicing a more socially and environmentally responsive design process and will encourage risk taking, critical contextual thinking, innovation and imagination. Its focus will be on collaboration and response- the ability of the designer to respond to complex, urgent, complicated issues in ways that are critical, sustainable and change oriented. The unit aims to educate students to become leaders and collaborators and to envisage the role of design in future economies. The students reflect on current practice enabling them to re-imagine their role as strategists, critical design thinkers and positive agents of change.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Critically analyse design cultures, trends, methods of communication, ethics, economies, politics and institutions.
2. Address and understand design as a form of public communication and contextualise relevant media according to the chosen research/design approach.
3. Understand and explain the boundaries and overlaps between design thinking, speculative design, co-design, participatory design, exploratory experimentation, intervention and facilitation.
4. Demonstrate the ability to connect theory and practice in a generative and reflexive manner and design in a socially responsive manner
5. Reflect on collaboration as a design culture and apply collaboration in inter/extradisciplinary teams
6. Evaluate the research, strategy, planning, process and outcomes of the design project outcome.

Courses with unit

This unit will be offered for the final time Semester 2, 2021