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Design Criticism

Code 12621
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Art and Design
Entry requirements Non applicable.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes This course aims to develop and deepen the analytical and critical thought on design's contemporary products. In this manner promoting different methods of interpreting design, allowing a plural reflexion on both, design objects and the design field.
Learning outcomes
a) Thoroughly analyse and criticise design objects using multiple perspectives;
b) Examine, understand and contextualise the contemporary production of design;
c) To develop a critical voice on design and it's different implications
d) Apply design criticism knowledge to a design project
Syllabus The critical discussion of design and its objects;

Forms of critical analysis in design;
Hermeneutics
Semiotics
Phenomenology
Rhetoric

Critical perspectives
Mediation
Political
Historical
Main Bibliography Barthes, Roland (2007). Crítica e Verdade, Lisboa, Edições 70;
Bürdek, B.E. (2006). História, Teoria e Prática do Design de Produtos, São Paulo, Edgard Blücher;
Eagleton, Terry (2005). The Function of Criticism, London, Verso Books
Sparke, Penny (2013). An Introduction to Design and Culture (3rd ed.), New york, Routledge;
Twemlow, Alice (2017). Sifting the Trash, A history of design criticism, Cambridge, MIT Press;
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Theoretical sessions through Zoom consisting on the presentation and discussion of the syllabus' topics with great emphasis on in-depth critical discussion of design objects and considering multiple perspectives.
The revised assessment of the curricular unit will include six exercises with different weightings in the final classification, according to their degree of difficulty and expected completion time.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-05-30

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