TDN3002 - Design strategy and professional practice - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jess Berry


Ms Robyn Robins

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


CDS2001 or IDN2001




This unit develops the capacity to understand and apply the principles and practice of design strategy and will also clarify the professional obligations required of designers. Using investigative processes students will learn the role of design strategy in professional practice and work with industry case studies to develop a greater understanding of strategy in the design process. Design strategy is an intellectual contribution to implementing design briefs and creating relevant and commercially sound visual communication. Professional practice covers the practical business requirements of commercial design studios and students will acquire and participate in negotiation skills, teamwork, written and verbal communication and project management skills across design undertakings large and small that include complex multidisciplinary projects.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Demonstrate a deeper engagement with the communication design process as it relates to strategy and professional practice
  2. Develop communication design strategy utilising the media and processes expected in their specialisation;
  3. Produce design strategy that demonstrates a clear understanding of communication conventions, but with an open attitude to enquiry and experimentation;
  4. Identify and expertly use the consultative and investigative processes appropriate for each design outcome;
  5. Prepare a plan showing design strategy integrated with design process from initial research and concept development to final resolution working with written communication for client presentation
  6. Critically assess their design strategy in order to improve their final outcome;
  7. Articulate an informed rationale for each communication design strategy
  8. Make compelling presentations of design outcome drawing on strategy and well reasoned creative rationale


100% Progressive assessment is by a series of assignments

Workload requirements

On-campus: One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial plus 9 independent study hours per week

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