Course ObjectiveStudents in this course will:
- Objective 1: Train their writing skills by writing a number of design
reviews in English;
- Objective 2: Analyse the main strands of twentieth- and twenty-first
century design criticism;
- Objective 3: Learn to write constructive criticism on examples of
contemporary design culture by engaging with the different strands of
design criticism discussed in class.
Course ContentThis course aims at developing both writing skills and an informed
critical stance on the field of design, providing students with the
historical, theoretical and methodological backgrounds and with the
practical tools needed to evaluate the designed world. Together we will
explore the history, practice and the main traditions of evaluating
design. The discussion of key historical and contemporary critical texts
are organized in terms of main strands of design criticism. Their
discussion will be combined with practicing writing design critiques.
Ideally, a design critique provides a clear and revealing interpretative
perspective on a particular artefact by taking into account its
contexts, history, production, mediation and consumption. Your reviews
may possibly be published by academic/professional design platforms.
Teaching MethodsSeminars, excursions.
Method of AssessmentThree design reviews, one of 750 words, one of 1000 words, and one of
1500 words. This composes 80% of the grade. Participation in the
discussions makes up the remaining 20%.
Matching of course objectives and assessment:
- Objective 1: Reviews (80%)
- Objective 2: Discussions (20%)
- Objective 3: Reviews (80%), discussions (20%)
Entry RequirementsAn academic bachelor, or a minor, in Arts, Literature, Culture, Design
or Media Studies.
LiteratureDigital reader provided by your tutor.
Target AudienceMaster students in Design Cultures, Architecture and/or exchange
students with backgrounds in Arts, Literature, Culture, Design or Media
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||J. Ozorio de Almeida Meroz|
|Examiner||J. Ozorio de Almeida Meroz|
J. Ozorio de Almeida Meroz
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