CDS2001 - Communication design studio 3 - 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)

Mr Ned Culic


Mr Ned Culic

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


CDS1001 or COL1001, CDS1002, OHS1000


MMD2303, MMD2304, MMD2306, VCO2003, VCO2004, VCO2409


Communication Design Studio 3 will elaborate on the practical and conceptual skills developed in COL1001 or CDS1001 and CDS1002. Students will be exposed to a broad range of creative communication processes from print to digital media, and will be able to identify the appropriate context(s) to which they would be applied independently and in conjunction with one another.

Students will explore a range of media elements including typography, image, layout, three-dimensional form, sound and motion as core components to their communication design solutions. Studio-based projects across both print and digital media platforms will develop skills in narrative structure, typography, image construction and manipulation, production methods and technologies, and the planning and management of design outcomes.

Students will be encouraged to approach all projects with an open attitude to experimentation and critical enquiry. Studies in this unit will help students develop an understanding of the vital space communication designers occupy in developing and contributing to the language of contemporary visual culture, alongside the social responsibilities inherently associated with this.


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

  1. Construct communication design solutions utilizing a variety of media, including manual, print and digital processes with an open attitude to experimentation and critical inquiry
  2. Explore design solutions that utilize sound and motion as core components to their outcome;
  3. Produce design solutions that demonstrate an understanding of narrative conventions;
  4. Identify and competently use the technology appropriate for each design outcome;
  5. Plan and manage a design outcome from initial concept to final resolution;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of how observation, analysis, response and conceptual thinking contributes to the practice of communication design;
  7. Confidently articulate an informed rationale for each communication design solution;
  8. Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

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

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