Design in Words: Criticism, Writing and Theory

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Doel vak

Students 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.

Inhoud vak

This 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.


Seminars, excursions.


Three 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%)

Vereiste voorkennis

An academic bachelor, or a minor, in Arts, Literature, Culture, Design
or Media Studies.


Digital reader provided by your tutor.


Master students in Design Cultures, Architecture and/or exchange
students with backgrounds in Arts, Literature, Culture, Design or Media

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_ZAMAACW016
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P4
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator J. Ozorio de Almeida Meroz
Examinator J. Ozorio de Almeida Meroz
Docenten J. Ozorio de Almeida Meroz

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