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ARTS, FASHION & DESIGN

An Introduction to Theories for Spatial Design: Designing for People

Qualification / Course Information

Minimum Duration:

10 – 12 hours, over 3 weeks (refer to Course Overview for dates)

Minimum Credits:

Certificate of Participation

NQF Level:

On completion of this course, you will be able to discuss essential theories that are required for the curation of enriched, meaningful, and functional human orientated spatial environments.

MODE:

Self-directed & Online Engagement

LANGUAGE:

English

COURSE OVERVIEW

This 10-hour short course is an introduction to basic theories for the design of habitable spaces that are functional, human-orientated, and respectful to the human-nature relationship. When applied in practice, these theories can contribute to the user experience and the creation of sustainable spatial design solutions. This course will guide you to recognise design approaches in everyday spaces around you and will give you a basis from which to explore the use of these basic theories in your own design process.

The programme is presented online and is designed to be interactive and completed in the participants’ own time over three weeks, with a commitment of approximately 3 – 4 hours per week. This time commitment includes working through the short learning programme content and completing the activities.

 

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT

You will need access to a computer/laptop, stable internet, a cell phone or camera capable of taking decent photos.

 

PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

This course will run monthly from the start of June until the end of November. Monthly intakes will occur before or during the first week of every month. Should your application be received after that, you will be enrolled for the next month or later, according to your selection. The short learning programme should be completed by the end of the month that you enrolled in.

 

COURSE CURRICULUM

Topic 1: THE STUDY OF PEOPLE

  • Introduction to the study of people
  • Proportion

  • Scale

  • Standard

  • Anthropometrics

  • Ergonomics

Topic 2: UNIVERSAL DESIGN

  • Introduction to universal design

  • Universal principles

Topic 3: DESIGNING FOR HUMAN BEHAVIOR

  • Introduction to desigining for himan behaviour

  • Human behaviour

  • Visual perception

Topic 4: THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE 

  • Introduction to the human experience

  • Needs vs Experiences

  • Expectation

  • Interacting with interior environments

  • Technology and the user experience

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