CDS1002 - Communication design studio 2 - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Cameron Rose


Dr Cameron Rose
Mr Jon-Erik Andreassen

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


CDS1001 or COL1001, OHS1000


MMD1302, VCO1104


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able 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% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

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

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