DESI411-22W (C) Whole Year 2022

Graphic Design 4

90 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 20 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 28 August 2022


Graphic Design 4

This is a full academic-year (24 week) course of intensive studio-based learning. This course focuses on the student’s ability to individually propose, frame, develop and execute a year-long practice-led research project. The student’s area of interest, intended body of work, and proposed methodologies are framed and articulated in the form of a Directed Research Proposal (DRP). A template for this will be provided to students and the depth, scope, and relevance of the proposal must be worked out under the direction of the supervising lecturer. Students of this course will engage in critiques and workshops, alongside reading groups and ad hoc studio-based conversations. While the times and formats for these are prescribed by the supervising lecturer, the content will be driven by the direction of the various students’ individual research projects. The focus is on the development of the student’s body-of-work alongside a comprehensive historical and contextual awareness for the practice with which they are engaged.

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass DESI411 will:

– Have specialised understanding of practice-led research, its complexities and implications within the professional practice of graphic design,
– Have a developed understanding of relevant precedents—both historical and contemporary—for the type of graphic design project/practice they are engaged in,
– Know how to successfully propose, frame, manage and complete a year-long self-initiated studio-based research project.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Course Coordinators

Aaron Kreisler and Steve Carr


Aaron Kreisler and Luke Wood

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

MID YEAR ASSESSMENT (End of first semester) = 30%, made up of:
20% Submission of any completed work and/or work-in-progress to date, along with a DRP, workbook
and any relevant documentation (containing all explorative and experimental forays).
5% One post-critique reflection (700-words)
5% One reading review/abstract (700-words).

END of YEAR ASSESSMENT (End of second semester) = 70%, made up of:
60% Completed body-of-work, workbook, and any relevant documentation,
including the final revised DRP,
5% One post-critique reflection (700-words)
5% One reading review/abstract (700-words).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $5,351.00

International fee $25,875.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 12

For further information see Humanities .

All DESI411 Occurrences

  • DESI411-22W (C) Whole Year 2022