Studio 6: Design-led Research

DDD80026 25 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

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


DDD70019 Studio 3: Inclusive and Participatory Design
DDD40001 Studio 1: Methods for Design Research

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to a methodology using design activity in a process of knowledge directed enquiry. Design practice can be contextualised as a critical framework where questions are posed, and solutions are sought through ‘making’. Students will create interventions where thinking and inquiry occur through design practice. Reflections on these interventions are explored within social, cultural and technological contexts.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Implement strategies and methods of practice-based enquiry to investigate what can be learnt through design activity
2. Construct prototypes in connection with other research methods as a means of gaining new knowledge
3. Synthesise multiple insights from direct design interventions
4. Critically evaluate design prototype/s through testing methods and conclude with recommendations for further development
5. Articulate the design process, the design interventions and research findings through well-structured documentation, design outcome    and presentations