Core Module Information
Module title: International Design Studies 1

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES09142
Module leader: Matt Sinclair
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

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 a global context. Through comparitive and contrasting studies of international design practices you will deepen your skills in critical and reflective thinking as you consider, discuss, debate and critically analyse international and global design issues. The module also explores design within globalised manufacture and developing economies and markets driven by expanded overseas consumer classes. By examining key texts and case studies you will explore the history and theory of design?s complex relationships with globalisation, ethics, politics and economics, and how this relationship shapes and influences contemporary design practise. 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 a global context.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Investigate and compare historical and cultural traditions in creative thinking in differing international design practices.

LO2: Communicate opinions and construct arguments critiquing design activity in context based on analysis.

LO3: Evaluate and critically reflect upon design research findings through reflective practice.

LO4: Research, design, model, and test design proposals for specific users/markets/contexts.

LO5: Critically contextualise and reflect on personal design activity in an international context.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, In Person,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: In Person
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Matt Sinclair
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Online Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1~2~3~4~5 Week 13 , WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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