CDS3002 - Communication design studio 5 - 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)

Mr Warren Taylor


Mr Warren Taylor

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


CDS2001 and successful completion of at least 84 credit points in the Bachelor of Communication Design, OHS1000


MMD3305Not offered in 2019, MMD3306, MMD3307Not offered in 2019, MMD3308Not offered in 2019, VCO3005, VCO3006


Communication Design Studio 5 will advance to a high level the practical, technical and conceptual skills developed in preceding studios. Having been exposed to a broad range of creative communication processes in the prerequisite units, students will be required to identify an area of specialisation in which to participate in CDS3002. Students may choose to continue the same area as that selected in CDS3001 to hone their specialist skills, or opt for a different area in order to broaden their expertise. Specialisation areas will be identified upon enrolment into the unit and may include (but will not be limited to) publication design, typography, image, brand, animation, sound and motion, interactivity and others areas that develop as the communication design field continues to broaden.

Within their area of specialisation students will explore the breadth of communication possibilities through a carefully composed program of studio-based projects relevant to their chosen area. These projects, though different in each specialisation, will be comparable in assessment tasks and learning outcomes. Within each studio, students will develop their skills in both the technology and conceptual thinking required of their specialisation to high level of competency.

Students will be encouraged to approach this unit with the utmost care in their selection of specialisation. General exposure to the areas of specialisation will have occurred throughout the preceding units, but counselling from the unit chief examiner and course coordinator will be made available to assist students' selection of their particular area of study.

The projects undertaken in CDS3002 will contribute towards a body of work intended to demonstrate the student's refined level of competence within the communication design field, and assist them to either progress into further study or gain appropriate employment in the communication design arena.


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

  1. Engage with the communication design process to plan and manage their design outcome from initial research and concept development to final resolution;
  2. Construct communication design solutions utilising the media and processes expected in their specialisation;
  3. Produce design solutions that demonstrate a clear understanding of communication conventions, but with an open attitude to enquiry and experimentation;
  4. Identify and expertly use the technology appropriate for each design outcome;
  5. Critically assess their design solutions in order to improve their final outcome;
  6. Create a body of work indicative of their highest level of competency to showcase their abilities to potential employers or aptitude for further education;
  7. Understand and apply the occupational health and safety requirements 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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