Course Title: Developing Communication Design Expertise

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Developing Communication Design Expertise

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


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


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Georgia Janetzki

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of GRAP2199 Communication Design Studies.


Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information:;ID=x94or0ccuu7k 

Course Description

Developing your design practice

This course is designed to give you the opportunity to develop your expertise in a field of communication design, such as illustration, book as object, packaging, typography, web and mobile development, event design and experimental practices.

Through projects, presentations and coursework you will develop concepts and skills to compliment Communication Design Studios. You are encouraged to push the boundaries of design, take risks and experiment with different techniques and materials.

There is an emphasis on technique and making in this course. The works you produce will demonstrate a high level of crafting and attention to detail.

You will be introduced to practitioners in the field and how they operate in the design community. You will also be exposed to the employment opportunities in each field.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  • Explore design practice using a specific design medium or practice perspective.
  • Investigate media and practices, including conventional and non-conventional approaches.
  • Design responses to a range of design problems.
  • Review and report on how this medium or practice extends your knowledge and skills.

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 that are relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning, including the University Library and Study Support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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.