Core Module Information
Module title: Design Studies 1

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES08130
Module leader: Peter Buwert
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

In this module, you will increase your knowledge and understanding of design, the design industry, and the evolving role and responsibilities of the designer in society. By examining key texts and case studies you will explore the history and theory of design’s complex relationships with society, ethics, politics and economics, and how this relationship shapes and influences contemporary design practise. You will deepen your skills in critical and reflective thinking as you consider, discuss, debate and critically analyse these issues. Working individually and in groups, you will test and explore theoretical ideas about design practise in the real world by putting ideas into action through design projects. There will be regular opportunities in class to present and reflect on your progress and receive constructive feedback from your peers and tutors. You will demonstrate the knowledge you have gained throughout the module by producing a portfolio of work which presents your critical reflections on the relationships between design history, theory, criticism and practice in context.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop knowledge and understanding of key concepts in design studies
LO2: Explore key relationships between design history, theory, criticism and practice
LO3: Make observations exploring design’s relationships with key social, political and economic issues
LO4: Express opinions and construct arguments critiquing design activity in context
LO5: Critically contextualise and reflect on personal design activity

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Peter Buwert
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Design Studies 1