187.A27 Design Studies
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Online

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to adopt and apply suitable theoretical reference frameworks and methodological approaches for future research and projects based on the acquired overview of the state of research and discourse, methods and theories of design and design research.

Subject of course

Introduction to the research area of design studies, design research, as well as theories and history of design. Designing is presented in its complexity, transdisciplinarity, and multimodality in the tension between art, technology, science, theory, and practice.

  • The schedule and dates will be discussed in the introductory lecture on March 7th, 2023, at 3 p.m. 
  • Continuous dates (in total 10 Q/A sections) Tuesdays 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 1 presentation of the group work
  • Communication, provision of literature and slides, etc., via TUWEL. 


Teaching methods

The historical development, terminology, different approaches and fields of design research and their relation to science are presented and elaborated according to different models and disciplines creating process plans, develop methods and produce findings.

Rationalistic approaches of the early design research methodology, developments towards more implicit experience and skills of designers and design research based on social and cultural science approaches are presented and examined. Attempts at structuring, procedural models, positions as well as contextual factors, layout of different anatomies, origins and perspectives are examined, reflected and discussed in more detail using literature from various authors in the heterogeneous research field.

Concepts (such as contexts, frames, Gestalt, tacit knowing, etc.) for analysis and description of design processes, in particular the analysis of the role of representations, media and design tools (such as sketches, drawings, prototypes) are presented. Approaches, theoretical concepts as well as research results are illustrated on the basis of data taken from research projects and case studies of design processes in practice.

By means of group work students will user their theoretical knowledge in practice.

Mode of examination




Course dates

Tue15:00 - 16:0007.03.2023 - 23.05.2023 Zoom: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/9884626988 (LIVE)Tellioglu (23S)
Tue15:00 - 18:0020.06.2023 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/9884626988 (LIVE)Design Studies - Presentations
Design Studies - Single appointments
Tue07.03.202315:00 - 16:00 Zoom: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/9884626988Tellioglu (23S)
Tue14.03.202315:00 - 16:00 Zoom: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/9884626988Tellioglu (23S)
Tue21.03.202315:00 - 16:00 Zoom: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/9884626988Tellioglu (23S)
Tue28.03.202315:00 - 16:00 Zoom: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/9884626988Tellioglu (23S)
Tue18.04.202315:00 - 16:00 Zoom: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/9884626988Tellioglu (23S)
Tue25.04.202315:00 - 16:00 Zoom: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/9884626988Tellioglu (23S)
Tue02.05.202315:00 - 16:00 Zoom: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/9884626988Tellioglu (23S)
Tue09.05.202315:00 - 16:00 Zoom: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/9884626988Tellioglu (23S)
Tue16.05.202315:00 - 16:00 Zoom: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/9884626988Tellioglu (23S)
Tue23.05.202315:00 - 16:00 Zoom: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/9884626988Tellioglu (23S)
Tue20.06.202315:00 - 18:00 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/9884626988Design Studies - Presentations

Examination modalities

Proof of performance

Reflection with Sketchnotes onto course content and group work.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.02.2023 15:00 14.03.2023 18:00 14.03.2023 18:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 935 Media and Human-Centered Computing Mandatory1. Semester


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