Course Title: Communication Design Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communication Design Studies

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Andy Simionato

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3995

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Design and the world

This course introduces you to communication design theory and history in a global context.

You will explore the history of communication design from pre-print culture, through the print revolution and into the digital age. You will approach the history with a focus on the various design movements of that time; how they were influenced by and embodied their political, social and economic contexts.

You will develop skills in descriptive and reflective writing, as well as investigation and analysis to inform your practice as a communication designer and prepare you to challenge, question and justify your design decisions.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe key movements and periods in the history of Communication Design.
  • Describe the roles that social movements and social contexts play in the development of Communication Design.
  • Identify key design movements and examine their influence on the practice of Communication Design.
  • Reflect on and discuss the place of design in society.

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of the place of Communication Design in society and the principles it operates within.
  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and specific Communication Design skills in which to base your professional practice or future study.
  • Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your practice or future study.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

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.

The University Library has extensive resources for Communication Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies:

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment Policy