Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Cameron Rose & Mr Jon-Erik Andreassen


This unit introduces communication design processes relative to the fundamental principles of typography, image, layout manipulation and time-based design. An understanding of how communication design enhances the human experience is initiated in this unit through observation, critical enquiry, interpretation and the creation of visual and interactive forms. 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, providing the opportunity for students to appreciate and develop skills in typography, page layout, motion graphics and digital media design.


On successful completion of this unit, students will have the ability to:

  1. Construct design solutions using two and three dimensional design elements, image making, typography and time-based media
  2. Develop a responsible, inquiring and adventurous attitude to design problem solving
  3. Recognise and use terminology specific to communication design, typography and digital media
  4. Understand and apply the fundamental elements and principles of basic typesetting and type design
  5. Use the fundamental processes intrinsic to time-based design and motion graphics
  6. Understand and apply the occupational health and safety requirements of this unit


100% Progressive assessment by a series of assignments

Workload requirements

8 contact hours plus 16 hours of private study hours per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


CDS1001 Communication Design Studio 1A