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Unit description

Exploring the multi-disciplinary nature of communication design, this unit introduces design processes relative to the fundamental principles of typography, image, layout manipulation and time-based design. Students will utilise typography both as a communicative and expressive tool. Historical and contemporary examples of visual communication, typography and time-based media will be examined, analysed and discussed.

Unit content

  • Design problem solving
  • Terminology specific to communication design, typography and digital media
  • Fundamental elements and principles of basic typesetting and type design
  • Historical and aesthetic parallels between design and art
  • Creative drawing practice as a means of visual thinking
  • Making, typography and digital imaging and time-based media

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours per week (12 weeks)
Creative work40%
Creative work60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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