Course Title: New Media Technology and Process

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: New Media Technology and Process

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Russell Kerr

Course Coordinator Phone: Admin +61 3 9925 5371

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment or via email.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Students applying through a Single Course Application should be aware that an appropriate undergraduate program and presentation and approval of a Folio is a requirement for entry into this course.

Course Description

This course introduces you to production processes for print, focusing on the role of computers and software in contemporary design production.
You will use a range of software programs including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. You will use these programs to construct small and large-scale publications; manage type, images and graphics; create drawings and line-work; modify type and graphics; as well as construct and modify image files.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
•    select appropriate software to produce print read digital files;
•    prepare files to internationally recognised standards for pre-press;
•    implement strategies for problem solving; and
•    critique design solutions in terms of rapidly changing technology.

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:
•    create, develop and reflect on visual form in response to communication problems, including articulation of principles of visual organization, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics and the construction of meaningful images;
•    solve visual communication problems using strategies for problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping and evaluation of outcomes; and
•    select and apply relevant tools and technology for the creation, reproduction and distribution of visual messages.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical interactive exercises, group discussion and activities in which you will have the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge discussed in class. Peer and self-critique is an integral part of the learning and teaching philosophy of the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
Macintosh computers and industry-standard software and fonts are available on campus.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will occur during and at the end of the course. Your ability to utilise the software and processes explained in class will be assessed by written and practical tasks. Methods may include any combination of assessment tasks such as reports, assignments, folios and presentations.