Design History and Theory is offered at introductory and advanced levels to students across design disciplines. The courses are designed to engage with and reflect upon emergent practices and discourses in contemporary design.
Introduction to Theory and History of Design I and II
These courses provide an introduction to design in cultural and academic context, providing a comprehensive conceptual foundation through which to analyse and critically evaluate the designed environment.
I: Visual Culture and Communication
Images play a fundamental role in everyday life, such as images in social networks, images of war, terror and catastrophes, scientific and forensic images, imaginary images of possible worlds or operational images made for machines rather than humans. This lecture series investigates the nature of the visual in our understanding of the world and in our interaction and communication.
Theory and History of Design I and II
Drawing on literature and critical discussion, these courses enable students to explore new methods and approaches to scientific research in design.
I: Do the Right Thing
Ethics is the philosophical foundation for a good life. One of the main aspects of a good life is to make good decisions in the right moments. This course investigates the visual and material aspects of moments of decision making both in personal as well as social context.
Design and Diversity
This proseminar addresses the question of how women professionals reformulated design language in the process of positioning themselves in the avant-garde scene, and as cultural producers in the Viennese society in the Interwar period.
Material Culture II
Designing Value(s) with Martina Grünewald
Design: Art, craft, economic factor? Value discourses crucially underpin the normative construction of our social lives. This seminar specifically explores how values and value judgments manifest and change around and through the design of our material world.
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