Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Jeffrey Janet


This unit introduces students to the audio-visual language of multimedia and multimedia design principles. The role of multimedia designer and the various multimedia elements are defined, including text, image, sound, animation and video. Methods for problem solving two-dimensional multimedia screen design and analysing electronic media are developed, giving a broad understanding of multimedia design. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of text and images.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. understand the audio-visual language of multimedia and the application of multimedia design principles
  2. understand the role of the multimedia designer in electronic communication
  3. approach the problem-solving of two-dimensional multimedia screen design with an inquiring, adventurous and open attitude
  4. be able to identify the different delivery platforms for multimedia design, including digital video, the internet, cd-rom, dvd-rom, site-specific installation, and other technologies
  5. be able to use text, images, animation, sound and digital video as multimedia elements in electronic documents
  6. be familiar with colour mode and resolution requirements for a range of electronic media
  7. be aware of a variety of file formats, their use and benefits and compression options
  8. be able to optimise a media file for a particular application; 9.develop a self-directed approach to the development of multimedia design works, utilising independent research and evaluation methods.


Major project: 50%
2 Minor projects: 30%
Journal 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

6 hours per week of lectures and supervised studio


12 credit points from the Design, Multimedia or Technology A options as per Master of Multimedia Design course description.
Students who have not achieved at least 18 credit points should seek advice from the course co-ordinator before attempting this unit.