Unit of competency details

BSBDES602 - Research global design trends (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to BSBDES602A - Research global design trendsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015
Is superseded by and equivalent to CUADES612 - Research global design trends 15/Apr/2021

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 25/Mar/2015

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BSB52415 - Diploma of Marketing and CommunicationDiploma of Marketing and CommunicationSuperseded1-2 
CUA60315 - Advanced Diploma of Graphic DesignAdvanced Diploma of Graphic DesignSuperseded
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ICT51115 - Diploma of Telecommunications Planning and DesignDiploma of Telecommunications Planning and DesignSuperseded
CUA60715 - Advanced Diploma of Visual ArtsAdvanced Diploma of Visual ArtsSuperseded1-2 
ICT51015 - Diploma of Telecommunications EngineeringDiploma of Telecommunications EngineeringSuperseded
SHB80116 - Graduate Certificate in Hairdressing Creative LeadershipGraduate Certificate in Hairdressing Creative LeadershipDeleted
ICT60615 - Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network EngineeringAdvanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network EngineeringSuperseded
BSB50115 - Diploma of AdvertisingDiploma of AdvertisingSuperseded
CUA60415 - Advanced Diploma of Creative Product DevelopmentAdvanced Diploma of Creative Product DevelopmentSuperseded
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Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping


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ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100501 Graphic Arts And Design Studies 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100501 Graphic Arts And Design Studies 30/Jul/2015 
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Unit of competency

Modification History



Release 1

This version first released with BSB Business Services Training Package Version 1.0.


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and critically evaluate global design trends. The focus is on research and analysis of information and ideas at a complex level, plus the evaluation and extension of the individual’s professional skills.

It applies to individuals who need to maintain a current and comprehensive knowledge of global design trends to inform their own professional practice. Although predominantly for designers, this unit may also be relevant to those who work in related management, marketing and production areas.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit Sector

Design – Design Process

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1 Research design trends

1.1 Analyse and select formal and informal research strategies to source information on global design trends

1.2 Identify and explore new and alternative sources

1.3 Evaluate the credibility of information gathered and ensure research scope is sufficiently broad

2 Analyse design trends to inform own practice

2.1 Use information to challenge and extend own perspectives and ways of thinking

2.2 Examine and assess implications and consequences of design trends on own work

2.3 Use critical analysis to identify creative or commercial opportunities presented by emerging trends and technologies

2.4 Develop systems to identify and respond to future opportunities

3 Develop and articulate positions and ideas

3.1 Develop substantiated positions and ideas on global design trends

3.2 Generate informed discussion, debate and critical analysis with peers and colleagues

3.3 Use debate and feedback to challenge and refine own positions

4 Extend own design skills

4.1 Proactively identify and use opportunities presented by research to extend own design skills

4.2 Re-evaluate and refine approaches to work in the context of current and emerging trends

4.3 Use practice, discussion and ongoing evaluation to continuously improve skills

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.







  • Plans and implements strategies to improve and extend own knowledge and skills


1.1-1.3, 2.1, 2.2

  • Analyses and synthesises complex and varied information from a range of sources



  • Documents methods for identifying future opportunities using vocabulary and structure appropriate to context and purpose

Oral Communication

3.2, 3.3, 4.3

  • Elicits the views others by participating in critical discourse and debate on conceptual and technical design trends
  • Uses active listening techniques to gain input and feedback

Navigate the world of work


  • Keeps abreast of trends and issues, appreciating the world of work is dynamic, with changing needs and priorities, and that career development is not a linear process that can be closely controlled

Get the work done

1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4, 3.1, 3.3, 4.2

  • Takes responsibility for planning and organising tasks required to conduct required research, including how to link with the work of others
  • Keeps abreast of innovations and good practice beyond own context, borrowing, adapting, combining and redesigning for own purposes
  • Uses reflection and feedback from others to evaluate outcomes to inform future practices
  • Actively identifies digital systems, devices and applications with potential to meet current and/or future needs

Unit Mapping Information

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Equivalence status 

BSBDES602 Research global design trends

BSBDES602A Research global design trends

Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages

Equivalent unit


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Assessment requirements

Modification History



Release 1

This version first released with BSB Business Services Training Package Version 1.0.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • conduct research on a complex range of design issues, trends and ideas
  • document the analysis, critique and synthesis of complex sources to develop own positions and ideas
  • use opportunities to refine own design skills.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • describe broad global design trends that apply to all design disciplines
  • discuss the business implications/consequences of adopting trends and emergent technologies
  • compare and contrast different research methodologies and options
  • outline sources of information on global design, design trends and broader references that may inform emerging and innovative design practice
  • critique specific current and emerging design technologies and trends (at a global level) in at least one area of design.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the design process field of work and include access to a current and varied range of familiar and unfamiliar information sources.

Assessors must satisfy NVR/AQTF assessor requirements.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=11ef6853-ceed-4ba7-9d87-4da407e23c10