Object Design (AWSS2020)

UNIT OF STUDY

In this unit students develop and inter-relate manufacturing and artisan skills with research, analysis and design development. It aims to develop a critical awareness of the nature of all objects which surround us, exploring cultural, contextual and symbolic aspects of object design as well as functional and aesthetic qualities. Sustainability and social issues relating to their manufacture, use and disposal are also discussed. The unit aims to increase appreciation of the materiality of objects focusing on timber as an example and introduces students to the diversity of timber species, environmental and ethical issues associated with their selection, and also emerging alternative materials. Through a series of exercises and production of their major project, students develop knowledge of construction techniques and skills in using wood/plastics tools and machinery and in so doing, build an awareness of industrial and craft practices and how they impact on the design process and outcome.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information

Classes

Workshop 3 hrs/wk

Assessment

Portfolio of works and presentation (60%); process journal and associated assignments (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Completion of ATSC workshop proficiency class

Completion of DESA1555 Safety Induction and Competency Unit

Prohibitions

DESA2643

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.