Undergraduate Degree




DV9001 Art, Design and Science

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To introduce a multidisciplinary team of students through a set of practice-based learning methods that can help developing creative strategies, which are inspired by the relationship between art, design and science.


This course focuses on developing strategic thinking in art and design practices through the use of methods that derive from scientific frameworks. This will aid in re-defining scientific research methods in view of their new function and behaviours within the art and design environments. The class will consist of lectures, reflection on learning and experimental proposals discussion, class projects, oral critique and field trips.

Course Outline




• Introduction to course

2 - 6

Introduction to themes that will be developed through the assignments:

• Art, Design and Physics

• Art, Design and Psychology

• Art, Design & Time and Space

• Art, Design & Biological and Chemical Systems 

• Art, Design and Mathematic systems


• Mid Semester review of assignments

8 - 12

• Continuation, through exercises and projects, of the principles and process covered in weeks 2-7

• Final project development


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will have a practice-based familiarity with new methods of creation derived from sciences. The students will be able to determine problems, identify information, laws or relationships and to apply given information and the relationships found in a creative scenario.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


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  2. Schneider, B. 2007. Design as practice, science and research, In Michel, R. (ed). Design research now. Berlin: Birkhäuser: 207-18.

  3. Wesseling, J. (ed.). See It Again, Say It Again. The Artist as Researcher. , Amsterdam: Valiz

  4. Eder, W. E. 1995. Viewpoint. Engineering Design—Art, Science and Relationships, In Design Studies, 16: Elsevier: 117–127

  5. Tufte, Edward R. 1997, Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative., Connecticut: Graphics Press