«The study of Design as an academic and intellectual pursuit develops a range of cognitive abilities related to the aesthetic, the moral and the social contexts of human experience. The capacity to visualise the world from different perspectives is not only intrinsically worthwhile as a personal life-skill, but is also an essential part of the human conditions».
The courses in the Department of Design at AAS aim to:
• provide a broad-based design education coupled with elements of choice that enable the student to shape their programme according to their specific interests
• facilitate the development of conceptual and practical skills
• provide and manage the resources that support undergraduate and postgraduate study of design disciplines
• equip the student with an understanding of Health and Safety issues to protect them from specific hazards associated with the use of media, materials and equipment encourage the acquisition of key and transferable skills and foster self-critical awareness, personal motivation, initiative and self reliance as applied to a wide range of employment opportunities
• assist the individual achieve their potential in a chosen design area and level of study
An Honours graduate will have developed an understanding of a complex body of knowledge, some of it at the current boundaries of an academic discipline. Through this, the graduate will have developed analytical techniques and problem-solving skills that can be applied in many types of employment. The graduate will be able to evaluate evidence, arguments and
assumptions, to reach sound judgements, and to communicate effectively.
An Honours graduate should have the qualities needed for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal
responsibility, and decision-making in complex and unpredictable circumstances.