Course Title: Communication Design Studio G

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communication Design Studio G

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


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Suzie Zezula

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 39925 5375

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 9.5.12

Course Coordinator Availability: email for consultation

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

GRAP2279 Communication Design Studio D

Course Description

This course will focus predominantly on the area of creating visual systems for multiple page documents.

This study area aims to further develop an awareness of the importance and relevance of
• conceptual and original thinking
• innovation
• visual discrimination
• text and layout
• grid systems
• working with colour

Emphasis will be placed on a student’s ability to meet deadlines, exploration, experimentation and self discovery when working through a project.
Students are expected to perform satisfactory work practices throughout the duration of each project.
They are encouraged to concentrate on their individual projects as well as being involved in class critiques.

Student documentation of development process will be maintained as evidence of  progress in the course.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

To provide students with further knowledge of graphic representation including multiple page documents, symbolism, branding as communication & communication systems.
To provide a student centered learning environment in which students develop research, analysis, critique and review skills.
To develop appreciation and articulation of graphic language at an individual and group participation level.
To develop students ability to initiate research, critique and review of progression through task and project brief and commitment to their own learning.
To provide students with further knowledge of graphic representation including typography and hierarchy as communication & communication systems.
To provide a student centred learning environment in which students develop research, analysis, critique and review skills.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will be presented with projects that involve creative problem solving through developing visual skills in a variety of applications that demonstrate an understanding of the course      topics.
Students will be shown examples of existing, relevant work in order to inspire them and give them an awareness and appreciation of creating visual systems and typography.
Students will manage their own learning by independent decision making.
Students will be presented with project tasks with progressive stages that will culminate in end of class pin up sessions for peer review.
During sessions there will be research discussion, analysis of topics and critique of ideas.
Group discussions and an interaction of ideas is central to the expansion of a student’s self awareness as well as a recognition of perspectives and interpretations.
Group feedback is thus incorporated into the course, enabling students to accept and be open to the opinions of other creatives.
Participation in discussions develop a student’s ability to develop analytical, critical and verbal communication skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

Texts may be recommended as required.

Overview of Assessment

Course Guide Texts

Performance indicators and Assessment

In participating with your program you are expected to be actively developing independent learning and self-management skills.

The program has been structured to give student-designers opportunities to practice and demonstrate these attributes.

The successful achievement of these outcomes will be rewarded in the assessment process.

The Design Studio model will act as the framework for the transition towards professional engagement in the development of creative projects.

Essential attributes of a design studio experience are the ability to:
• work collaboratively and pro-actively with studio partners.
• devise an appropriate attendance and time management structure taking into account the requirements of all involved.
• substantiate all contributions to the studio output.
• put forward ideas and negotiate them through to final output.
• perform in a professional manner.
• consult in a timely and open way, where staff response and guidance is valued.

Under this professionally oriented system, it is required that student-designers:
• keep accurate and objective notes of all consultations with lecturers/tutors, peer reviews and group critique reviews.
• articulate your own responses to these comments and demonstrate a progressive attempt to deal with the issues raised.
• request ‘sign-off’ of any major benchmark periods before progressing on the project.
• identify and substantiate research, outside activities and self-directed study that leads to the successful completion of project work.

Submission of Assessment Tasks:
All work must be completed and submitted for review and assessment at the advertised time and date. All work (including weekly exercises) must have met the individual deadlines that demonstrate clearly that tasks have been answered and requirements satisfied. All work must have a cover sheet these can be located at under the heading of Assignments and Extensions: Assignment cover sheet - coursework degrees. Students are required to fill in the form completely, ensure it is date stamped and initialled by the lecturer and securely attached to the work to be submitted. Work without this form will not be assessed.