CDS1001 - Communication design studio 1 - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Cameron Rose


Dr Cameron Rose

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Admission to Bachelor of Communication Design




DGN1001, DIS1103, VCO1104


This unit explores the multi-disciplinary nature of communication design by introducing and applying the basic elements and principles of two and three-dimensional design. Students develop a repertoire of knowledge through the exploration of creative problem solving methodologies and manipulation of design elements. Communication design is presented as a creative, analytical and synthesising process with social, cultural and artistic implications. Set projects encourage experimentation and skill development with materials and technology via drawing, image making and various digital imaging software options.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify and apply the basic elements and principles of two and three dimensional design;
  2. Recognise the historical and aesthetic parallels between design and art;
  3. Demonstrate drawing skills and the use of creative drawing practice as a means of visual thinking;
  4. Understand and apply basic colour theories;
  5. Express ideas and concepts through introductory-level image making, typography and digital imaging;
  6. Construct design solutions using introductory-level digital production processes;
  7. Understand and apply the occupational health and safety requirements of this unit.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

24 hours per week including 8 contact hours plus 16 hours of independent study.

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