ADD303 - Design for Change


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:



Must have passed 1 unit: ADD204 or ADD209



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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 2-hour online seminar per week (recordings provided)


This unit will focus on the requirement of design to act as an agent of change. Design has matured as an industry and designers are required to do more than develop and materialise ideas using contemporary technologies. Design practitioners are now call on to conceptualise experiences and facilitate social, cultural, environmental and economic outcomes that can improve the human condition.

This unit will unpack and expand on the World Economic Forum statement that, “Design is an agent of change that enables us to understand complex changes and problems, and to turn them into something useful. Tackling today’s global challenges will require radical thinking, creative solutions, and collaborative action (World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Design, 2009).

Students will explore design as an agent of change by researching design activism and design thinking to analyse systemic problems that empower and deliver creative outcomes to complex challenges. Students will be presented with a selection of wicked, social problems and will be required to consider ways of combining different design disciplines to address these issues using design as an agent for change; addressing big picture problems in the world and taking a step towards change.

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