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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Design Studies 1 is an introduction of visual concepts through theoretical considerations and the application of design elements. Conceptual development is applied to design as links between visual image, text and ideas are constructed through applied projects. Design projects are developed from industry-based briefs that introduce students to critical and  experimental  approaches to design thinking. By exploring different approaches to composition, spatial layout, scale, placement, structure, colour, texture, form and image, students build a foundation for critical design thinking and reflective evaluation to creative work in the field.   

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorVincent Alessi

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

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Special conditions CORE subject for ABCAB (Graphic Design) and ABCAM (Graphic Design)


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsGraphic design basics,RecommendedArntson, A. 2007THOMSON
ReadingsThe art of color: the subjective experience and objective rationale of colour,RecommendedItten, J. , 1961REINHOLD PUB. CORP.
ReadingsThe graphic designer's guide to effective visual communication,RecommendedKnight, C. and Glaser, J., 2005ROTOVISION

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand, apply and adopt appropriate design methods for effective visual communication

Class discussion. Demonstration. Workshop- of ideas and images. Peer review in class and on-line.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

02. Demonstrate proficient and confident use of design focused image and text combinations

In class role-play through presentation of rough concepts for peer approval. Class discussion.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

03. Present project material in a manner appropriate to the expectations of the design profession and external bodies/clients

Technical lecture as demonstration of project requirements. Guest lecture from industry body. Self study exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

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