All undergraduate design students participate in the interdisciplinary design studies stream. It is a core part of their degree.
Interdisciplinary design studies aims to equip students to develop their thinking as designers. It draws on critical, creative and theoretical perspectives to develop students’ abilities to consider socially complex design issues from multiple perspectives. Students work collaboratively in interdisciplinary design teams to assess and reframe design problems, to research design contexts, and to generate and evaluate creative responses. In fostering future design professionals who are flexible in their thinking and open to risk, students are encouraged to embrace uncertainty as part of their design practice.
An important part of the interdisciplinary design studies framework is the incorporation of design history and theory enabling students to engage with and understand future contexts.
In first year, all students have the opportunity to collaborate across disciplines in the annual design camp located on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. Working in teams, students participate in speculative and experimental design scenarios that are aimed to develop and extend their understanding of themselves in the world as designers.
As students move through the course, they are also encouraged to work with industry in interdisciplinary design scenarios developing innovative and creative design proposals.