Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Mr Ned Culic


This unit explores the role of illustration within particular editorial formats, especially those related to newspapers and magazines. Particular emphasis will be placed on the visual interpretation of words, extracting the essence of literary content with one visual image. Illustrations will be placed within their intended context. They do not exist on their own but are seen in relation to other editorial elements: bodies of text, display typography and mastheads. Traditional image making processes will be encouraged along with more experimental methods.


On completion of this unit, students will:

  1. draw upon a variety of illustration techniques: traditional, electronic and experimental
  2. explore the essential role illustration continues to play in editorial environments
  3. apply the principles of composition to the practice of illustration, and its surrounding editorial elements
  4. understand the important link between text and image
  5. develop an ability to extract the essence of a mass of words into one encompassing illustration
  6. understand the historical development of illustration in editorial environments and comprehend its ability as a persuasive and prevalent public art-form
  7. understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study.


Major projects: 80%. Visual diary: 10%. Minor exercises: 10%.

Workload requirements

One 1 hour lecture plus 3 studio hours and 8 independent study hours per week

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