Multi-Sensory Design Anthropology

HDA70003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One semester.

Contact hours

  • 36 hours per semester

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

Aims and objectives

This theory-driven studio unit aims to provide students with the skills to evaluate cultural perceptions of sensory experience and how it affects the design of communications, objects, environments, interactions, and processes. Students will be required to develop, measure, and iterate on a design artefact project, with appropriate documentation.

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
1. Distinguish among the roles of the senses in culture and design practice.
2. Construct theoretical frameworks to understand cultural differences in sensory modalities.
3. Select appropriate methodologies to measure sensory perception.
4. Create tangible design outputs through the translation of sensory values.
Compare the concepts of neuro-affective design and multisensory ethnography.

Courses with unit

 This unit is no longer offered
A unit of study offered onsite within the Masters of Design (Design Anthropology) program.