In my opinion there is a lot of miss conceptions regarding topic 3. Yes we teach the student design history and styles, the fundamentals of many modern designs have influences from the past or the great designs of their times.
However, is the purpose of teaching these to specify a design style to design too?
Or is it to provided the students an opportunity to break designs down to the fundamental key design feature of the product or style? The form and functions that those amazing design styles used and the design philosophy they followed? Give our students some culture and design history?
For those teacher who have worked in the design field - we have been taught or have a passion for design and beautiful objects. We researched it at uni and for many clients.
For example- when I designed bespoke furniture for a client I would look at - The style of house or final lacation of the item, the furniture within it, materials visable, the art on the wall and the colour pallet in the rooms etc. These are all analysed by the designer (me). I listen to the clients needs and wants, so I design an item of furniture that is what the client wants, needs and it fits in to the surroundings.
The purpose of teaching the student, about the stated, styles, individuals and design groups is to give them experiences in break them down. So, they can then break down other styles.
For example- the QCAA exam for topic 3 is a coffee shop sandwich board. They don’t give you a “style”. The student are required to look and analysis the stimulus material and decide for themselves.
The QCAA example does not specify bauhaus or Art Deco in the exam. The students need to break the coffee shops style or key design features (KDFs) down:
what colours are used? What forms and materials are used in there furniture and other items? What font are used on the menu? What pictures are in the wall or logo? What do they serve? ETC
That’s the key design feature the student should be designing there sandwhich board too! The key design features or the design “style” of the coffee shop not anything else.
SORRY FOR THE RANT