Unit description

Introduces students to concepts and practices of digital drawing, typography and their integration into visual arts and graphic design. Portfolio outcomes include investigations into ‘place’ and identity with community outcomes. Critical evaluative skills of their own work and the work of others are reviewed and developed.  

Unit content

Topic 1: Planning workflow

Topic 2: 'Mapping' sites for design - design principles and context

Topic 3: Vector graphics

Topic 4: Typography

Topic 5: Shape and structure: framing and the silhouette

Topic 6: Reading symbols in design

Topic 7: Colour, ornamentation and pattern

Topic 8: Integrating typography and manipulated imagery

Topic 9: Importing, exporting and outputting files

Topic 10: Critical analysis of contemporary digital art and design

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
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Creative work20%
Creative work40%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Creative work20%
Creative work40%

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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