VCM4604 - Information design for interactive media - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Jeffrey Janet


Mr Ben Roberts

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


MDC4550 or by permission of the course coordinator




This unit aims to provide students with the knowledge to develop effective digital media communications. Students will investigate graphical user interface design and usability standards as they relate to the presentation of information in an interactive media context. An understanding of the principles that underpin User Interface Design, IA information architecture design and usability standards will be developed. Students will explore approaches to user interface and interaction design, develop advanced technical skills with relevant software and hardware, and formulate new responses to participation and experience ideas that are specifically oriented to digital media and its usability.


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

  1. Apply international standards and protocols related to digital media development;
  2. Undertake a critical analysis of interactive media communication tools with a view to maximising the effectiveness of UX (User Experience Design);
  3. Display an increased technical proficiency across the development, creation and production of digital media, using industry standard software applications in relation to multi-platform media design concepts and standards;
  4. Develop solutions that effectively explore software and hardware in terms of information architecture, interaction design, usability, usability testing, quality assurance and maintenance in the application of interactive digital media;
  5. Explore a range of approaches to User Experience Design with an increased understanding of processes, practices, methods and techniques for the production of interactive media systems; and
  6. Observe and employ occupational health and safety appropriate to studio practice.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 3 contact hours plus 9 hours of independent study.

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