Anne Galloway > Design Courses

In 2010 I took up a position teaching in the Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) Culture+Context programme, in the School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington.

Cultures of Design

Cultural innovation involves different people coming together to work on shared concerns, and recombining existing elements of culture to create something new. This course examines the open and collaborative networks that characterise design today, and prepares students to face the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Building on multi-disciplinary approaches students learned in CCDN 231 and CCDN 271, this course aims to locate design within broader cultural issues and practices of creativity and innovation. Lectures and readings will introduce students to important concepts in material and visual culture studies, and we will critically assess emerging cultural connections between professionals and amateurs, designers and non-designers. Students will learn to analyse and express these complex connections through a research paper, a photographic essay and the creation, curation and exhibition of artefacts.

Course syllabus - Trimester One 2011 (pdf)

Design Anthropology

Anthropology can be defined as the study of similarities and differences between peoples of the world, or all the ways we make sense of ourselves, each other and the places in which we live, work and play. People everywhere live by believing, saying, doing and making particular things, and anthropologists try to understand how and why some things are included and others excluded. As designers work for—and with—a wide range of people around the world, the knowledge and skills of anthropology can be seen as increasingly relevant to a situated and adaptable practice. DSDN 283 will explore how design both shapes, and is shaped by, people's cultural values and social practices.

Course syllabus - Trimester One 2010 (pdf) and Trimester Two 2011 (pdf)


In her book On Longing, Susan Stewart describes objects and images that find their way into museum and gallery exhibitions as things "narrated to animate or realize certain versions of the world." Indeed, beginning with European Renaissance wunderkammer, or cabinets of curiosities, the formal collection and curation of artefacts has sought to represent the world as experienced or imagined—and in the process has managed to actually create some worlds and not others. This course will critically and creatively engage in debates on the collection, curation and creation of culture through design practice. Using food as this trimester's special topic, we will explore the visual and material culture of food production and consumption in order to produce an exhibition on the everyday critical and creative relations amongst food, design and culture.

Course syllabus - Trimester Two 2010 (pdf)

In 2008-2009 I held a limited-term appointment as Assistant Professor in Design & Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

These are the courses I developed and taught:

DART 391: Collaborative Design Research

This is a core theory-based studio course in design research methodologies and strategies for collaborative project development - highlighting the role of designer as social and cultural mediator. Throughout the term we will focus on participatory, sustainable and responsible methods for designing with, and for, non-profits, government and other public organisations. Each week, studio practice and project development will be augmented with lectures, readings and discussions that locate collaborative design research practice within the broader cultural and material dimensions of public life, civic engagement and social justice.

Course syllabus (Fall 2008)

CART 453: The Digital Nomad

In order to explore the roles that computational art can play in an increasingly technologised and mobile world, this studio course examines the social, material, ethical and aesthetical dimensions of nomadism in everyday life. Each week, studio practice and project development will be augmented with lectures, readings and discussions that locate computational art within the broader cultural and material dimensions of global mobility and nomadic lifestyles.

Course syllabus (Fall 2008)

DART 492: Discursive Design Research II

The purpose of this course is to examine the relationship between design practice and discourse, focussing on the analysis of design in cultural context. Structured around ten designed things, this course positions design in terms of complex assemblages of people, places, objects, practices and values. Students will learn to critically evaluate the materials, politics, ethics and aesthetics of design assemblages in order to identify social values and issues they hope to explore in their professional practice.

Course syllabus (Winter 2009)

CART 452: Imagined Futures

Focussed on creative ways of explaining how technoscience shapes everyday life, and artistic approaches to engaging public concerns, this studio-based course explores a variety of social, cultural, political and ethical issues that arise in the face of emergent science and technology. In this course, students will complete two major multimedia projects that critically imagine possible and alternative futures. To this end, studio practice and project development are supported by a variety of lectures, readings, discussions and activities.

Course syllabus (Winter 2009)

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