Design Culture - DESG4017

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle


This module will provide a broad introduction to the important key people and ideas in the development of design culture from the twentieth century to the present day. This will include an exploration of designers, artists and media processes that have been significant in transforming our seeing and thinking.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22
Private Study Hours: 128
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Diagnostic Essay (2,000 words) 50%
Essay (2,000 words) 50%

Reassessment methods:
100% coursework

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages:

Indicative Reading List:

Berger, Arthur, A. (2012). Seeing is believing: An Introduction to Visual Communication. Europe: McGraw-Hill Education
Weiwei, Ai. (2014). Ai Weiwei: Spatial Matters. London: Tate Gallery Publishing
Maze, Ramia. (2017). Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice: Materialism, Activism, Dialogues, Pedagogies, Projections. Germany: AADR (Spurbuchverlag).
Klanten, Robert; Feireiss, Lukas. (2010). Staging Space: Scenic Interiors and Spatial Experience. Germany: Die Gestalten Verlag.
Belsey, Catherine. (2002). Poststructuralism: A very short Introduction (very short Introductions). Oxford: OUP

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of important figures, their impact and influence on the development of twentieth and twenty-first century visual communication.
2. Demonstrate a familiarity with a range of relevant theoretical and critical texts developing skills such as finding and using appropriate sources, producing a bibliography, developing an argument.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the media application and processes dissemination of images and visual artefacts.
4. Identify and communicate connections between key figures, artefacts, texts and contexts.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Manage and navigate information sources (both electronic and printed).
2. Work independently to a given brief.
3. Demonstrate flexibility of thought and an openness to alternative ideas and different ways of thinking.
4. Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and in a variety of media).


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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