Singapore University of Social Sciences

Graduate Design Seminar

Graduate Design Seminar (DES531)

Applications Open: 01 May 2023

Applications Close: 15 June 2023

Next Available Intake: July 2023

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1100 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Design, Digital Media

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Business


We see ‘design’ everywhere daily in the artificial world. Design can make our everyday experiences both delightful and unpleasant. What is experience? What is design? Can we design an experience? DES531 Graduate Design Seminar explores selected topics in design and challenges students to critically question, think about, discuss and reflect on why we need to understand and rethink design, what design could or should be, and why we need to engage in design discourse. Students will examine the notion of design not only as a professional practice but also as a discipline similar to the natural and social sciences that produce new knowledge about and insights into how the artificial world works. In addition, students will interrogate the strategic role of design in businesses and society at large.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 2.5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Design as reflective practice
  • Design as attitude
  • Design as discipline
  • Design as inquiry
  • Design as value creation
  • Design for experience

Learning Outcome

  • Develop basic literacy and gain a deeper perspective of design.
  • Discuss how the notion of design can be approached and understood.
  • Examine relevant issues of design in the context of business and social impact.
  • Evaluate sources of reference to determine the quality of information.
  • Organise a sampling of writing about design written for scholarly and professional audiences.
  • Compose thoughts and ideas on design using appropriate design vocabulary and credible evidence.
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