INDG3600 Indigenous Design Studio

6 points
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
This Indigenous design focused unit requires the demonstration of ability and acquired competence in critical intercultural planning, heritage management and design. In addition to addressing a design brief, students establish theoretical, aesthetic, critical and technical parameters that form the basis for an in-between or shared cultural design investigation. While projects may vary in scale and complexity they are required to incorporate the full range of knowledge and skills necessary to represent a design proposition. Projects of an experimental nature are encouraged, and the unit explores the creative pedagogies of the design studio as a means to investigate and represent cultural heritage related community based planning and design projects.
Students are able to (1) develop a coherent Indigenous design related project brief; (2) respond effectively to the requirements set out in the project brief; (3) develop a sound theoretical basis and a high conceptual and design quality, with an appropriate level of conceptual and technical resolution, depending on the nature of the project; and (4) clearly and effectively communicate intercultural and shared design ideas.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) participation and engagement assessments; (2) design folio presentation; and (3) design folio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Grant Revell
Unit rules
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
INDG2400 Looking South: Noongar Voices
INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West
INDG2600 Indigenous Representation
INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
Advisable prior study:
INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard, INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge
Contact hours
6 weeks (studio seminars: 4 hours per week; workshops: 2 hours per week)
This unit is recognised by the University as a service learning unit. Service learning refers specifically to community engagement activities that are embedded in units of study, being structured and assessed as formal educational experiences.

It is recommended that students take INDG3700 Sharing Space concurrently when this unit is available in the same teaching period.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.