The Narrative of Design in Modern Culture (H1037)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module considers the history of design, and in particular the most impactful design movements in the industrialised world, their theories, methods and influence.

The objectives are to:

  • identify the main periods and movements of design in the modern world
  • understand the dialogue of designing and culture creation
  • be familiar with major trends in design in the modern period
  • recognise the political nature of designing
  • identify key designers in modern culture
  • consider the place of designing in human society with reference to the elements of design.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.