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 approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.