GD6012 - Global Design Perspective

What will I learn on this module?

GD6012 introduces you to developing a personal global design perspective for your specialist design skills. You will undertake a research-through-design project that will inform an illustrated report on your developing perspective as a global designer. You will analyse your design discipline’s current trends and by exercising critical judgement to a high level, will forecast a possible future trend on which you can build your global design perspective. By doing so, you will inform your own critical understanding of the importance of design in a global context. The module is structured around you actively engaging as a self-reflective designer to develop an emergent understanding of your own creative practice within global contexts. All project work you will be engaged in will be student-centred enquiry involving both primary and secondary research activities. Your visiting Northumbria University tutor will facilitate a creative and intellectual process with emphasis on student-focused learning through seminars, where you will disseminate your own research to your peers, and engage critically with peers to inform and consolidate your creative outputs and written report.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through the School of Design’s extended studio approach (X-Studio) that embraces physical studios as well as our virtual spaces and the wider world to create a flexible and rich environment that is responsive to our learners’ needs.
It will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, group work, one to one sessions and independent study. You will develop your experiential learning of what a global design perspective entails using a project based, visual research-through-design enquiry. The module will begin with regular contact with your Northumbria tutor through a series of lectures and seminars, after which you will complete the course work through independent study, supported by regular video-link contact with your Northumbria tutor. In doing so you will manage your own time and responsibility in completing the assignments on time to a level of quality and rigour appropriate to a final year BA (Hons) student.

NOTE: During times of limited/no travel during the Covid-19 pandemic, the delivery will be non-physical in that there will be no specialist staff visits to Binus, however in the event of travel restrictions being lifted, it will be anticipated that the 3 week physical visits will be re-established.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Throughout this module your Northumbria tutor will support you. Initially for the first three weeks this support will be face-to-face lectures, seminars, group work at your university. Your tutor will provide advice and support in relation to your academic, personal and professional development. After this period you will continue your learning independently, with regular formal guidance tutorials via email, electronic learning platform (eLP) and video-link tutorials. This contact and feedback will allow you to identify, reflect on, and improve your strengths and weaknesses. This academic support will be provided in the following ways:
• Through lectures, seminars and group work you will individually understand how cultural, lingual, political and social differences affect how design solutions are perceived globally. The slides from these sessions will be provided digitally via the module’s eLP.
• Within peer discussions and short presentations during your seminars at your university you will develop your self-reflective practitioner skills and critical analysis. These confidence-building tasks in class will help you to write your illustrated academic report.
• By engaging in a set of visual research tasks in class as part of your portfolio submission, will develop your critical analysis of your own personal global design perspective. This analysis will be disseminated in your illustrated academic report and in the visual research design sheets you submit in your portfolio.
• With regular tutorial support with your Northumbria tutor via email and/or video-link tutorials you can proactively demonstrate your ability to research, develop and write an illustrated report on a personal global design perspective. You will also be provided with remote access to Northumbria University’s library, where research literature may be accessed digitally.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Defend your reasoned judgement of how differing cultural, societal, political and national norms affect your perspective of your specialist design practice. (LO1)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Synthesize, evaluate and present researched information drawn from a range of cultures, societies and nationalities within an academic report. (LO2)
• Display evidence in a portfolio of sophisticated skill in visually communicating a wider global context for your creative practice through a set of visual research design solutions. (LO3)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Articulate the development of your global design perspective, evidenced through written self-reflection and critical analysis. (LO4)

How will I be assessed?

Formative Feedback
Throughout this module your progress will be guided through regular tutorials of your on-going research-through-design work. This is a standard design feedback technique that encourages analysis and critical thinking in you. At the beginning of the module, these feedback sessions will occur weekly and will continue on a one-to-one basis through regular online video-link tutorials during the remainder of the module.

Summative Assessment
You will submit final design work (LO2 & LO3) and written work (LO1 & LO4), which are assessed against the learning outcomes. The weighting of the marks within the submission will be 60% for a 2,000 word illustrated academic report and 40% for portfolio of five visual research-through-design tasks. Once assessed you will receive written feedback with a breakdown of how successful each component was.




GD6013 Advanced Creative Practice

Module abstract

The aim of this module is to introduce you to develop a personal global design perspective on your specialist design skills. The goal is to encourage you to actively engage in research-through-design methodologies pertinent to developing a globally focused design practice. You will undertake a visual research project that will inform an illustrated academic report on your developing perspective as a Global Designer. In doing so you can consider your own professional direction, to consolidate your practice with an opportunity to explore future direction choices.
Throughout this module your progress will be guided through regular tutorials of your on-going coursework. You will submit your final visual research work in a portfolio plus your written report for assessment against the module’s learning outcomes.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study

Location Indonesia

City Indonesia

Start September

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