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20th Century Design

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: DDD10001

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit investigates the historical development of 20th century design as a creative, cultural and professional practice, exploring key designers, innovations and movements. Students learn how design has been historically practiced and how this informs today’s designers who utilise modern technology, materials and production techniques.


  • Modernism/post-modernism/contemporary design
  • Design as political and social action
  • Design, technology, progress and change
  • Design principles, theories and significant figures
  • Design, ideas and cultural production
  • Internationalism/regionalism/globalism.

This unit is found in Bachelor of Design with a Major in Communication Design.

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