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DN023 Design and Subculture

6 credit points

Course Code DN023

Subject Outline

DN023 Design and Subculture


Brendan Smith

Program Director

Alan Chen


Ideas and Thoughts (CC142)

20th Century Design and Culture (DN020)

Contact hours/week


Credit points



9 Weeks

Self study hours/week




Subject Description

The purpose of this module is to explore a range of subcultures and their historical transition into mainstream culture through design and design “style”.


Learning outcomes or Competencies

On successful completion of this subject, learners will be able to:

1. Research and analyse information and communicate this through writing

2. Understand the development of subculture and its antithesis to mainstream culture

3. Analyse design mediums and their ability to transition subculture

4. Visually analyse and communicate connections between design forms across time

5. Apply theories of culture to the construction of arguments and presentations


Assessment Table



Weighting %

Week Due

Learning Outcome

Subculture case study: essay & presentation on "the language of style"

Research and analyse one subculture and demonstrate connections to either mainstream culture or historical movements, consider political and economic forces. etc 15 minute class presentation + More than 800 word summary(case study), with references



1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Design Concept

Using one of the subcultures the class identified in assessment task 1, create a concept design which embodies or reflects that subculture and its ideals and ethos. Develop a flyer, poster, garment, interior, product etc.

Write a 1,000 word essay that explains the process and reasoning inherent in your final designs. Include glossary.



1, 2, 3, 4, 5



Attendance: When a student's attendance falls below 80% without adequate explanation, their final mark will be automatically limited to, at best, a Pass.

Late submission: All work submitted after the submission deadline will be limited to a maximum of 50% and will not be accepted after the end of the study period unless special circumstances apply.

Plagiarism and Cheating: Any form of cheating, collusion, or plagiarism will be handled in accordance with the Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Policy found under the Academic Policies on Raffles Policies and Procedure page.

A full description of all rules and regulations is available via the student handbook which is available via our web site.



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