Design Practice - DESG5101

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 5 30 (15) Rebecca Onafuye checkmark-circle


This module focuses on embedding employability within a design curriculum in a seamless and meaningful way within the context of students' future working environments. Students will identify their own strengths and talents, form their own creative agencies and plan their own career trajectory. The aim of this module is to evaluate critically and develop a focused understanding of the practice concerns of the creative business sector. It is anticipated that students will understand the changing creative job market and be well placed to make appropriate careers decisions accordingly. The module will also have a design project that engages with the city and the urban environment. Several external talks and visits will focus on design jobs within the design sector and will provide a useful contact network for future internships and work experience.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 48
Private Study Hours: 252
Total Study Hours: 300


Compulsory to the following courses: BA (Hons) Spatial and Interior Design

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
100% Portfolio

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of design as a practice-based activity that is outwardly facing, and the critical concerns that surround visibility within this context;
Demonstrate sufficient knowledge and understanding to enable them to comment appropriately upon the commercial and contexts of design, and in particular contemporary dynamics, concepts and processes associated with employment;
Develop an individual portfolio of appropriate design materials reflecting current practice within the creative industries, using appropriate presentation methods, vocabulary and commercial conventions;
Demonstrate an understanding of the role and impact of inclusive design within professional design practice
Evaluate their participation in a group, understand the component parts of a live design project and their interrelation, how to create a timeline and how to evaluate and monitor progress of a project.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Manage and navigate information sources (both electronic and printed)
Synthesise information from a number of sources including relevant professional reports, in order to gain a coherent understanding of design and design management processes
Illustrate an understanding of team structures and working methods, and the formal processes of maintaining these structures
Communicate effectively and well, using a range of communication skills
Evidence the use of numbers by ensuring the accuracy and relevance of numerical information including budget calculations.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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