Course Title: Communication Design Studio I (Technology)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communication Design Studio I (Technology)

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Blair Wilde

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 39925 5350

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 9.5.11

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

GRAP2278 Communication Design Studio F

Course Description

This course is an introduction into awareness and understanding of Media Technology and its role for the designer - in communication and communication systems.

The focus of this course is to approach and appreciate media in a visual and auditory way, whilst understanding, exploring and applying media in a practical and technical manner.

This course will help student develop skill in research into media theory & software, as well as undertaking research and developing analysis into psychologies and interpretations in a Media Technology context.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

• be expected to develop ideas, discuss and share research as part of a team environment as well as individually.
• be expected to maintain a record of their notes and observations over the semester as evidence of their progress in the course.
• respond to various creative exercises and tasks within this course.

• to provide students with a basic knowledge of Media Technology in a creative environment including creative application, considered and successful media management, as well as basic terminologies and appropriate use.
• to provide a student centred learning environment in which students develop research, analysis, critique and review skills.
• to develop appreciation and articulation of Media Technology and the language of media at an individual and group participation level.
• to develop students’ ability to initiate research, critique and review of progression through tasks and project brief and commitment to their own learning.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will be presented with exercises involving creative and technical problems, and will be expected to respond in a manner that demonstrates their understanding of course topics and conceptual development.

Students will manage their own learning by independent decision-making, as well as keeping records of their creative responses and evaluating their solutions. Research as documented in written and filmed outcome should include evidence of practical, creative and conceptual development. Developmental work must show evidence of the development of multiple solutions to given tasks. Students will be expected to curate, judge and make considered comment on their creative and conceptual development.

In class, research discussion, topics analysis and critique of ideas will assist conceptual development and refinement of concepts. Group discussion and interaction is central to the expansion and self-reflection of the students’ awareness, perspective and interpretation.

Group feedback is vital to conceptual development in giving the students a range of perspectives and an understanding of personal progress in relation to the student body. In order to achieve this students will be expected to participate in group-discussion and respond to feedback. Group participation in discussion, analysis and critique will develop the student’s analytical, critical and verbal communication skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

Texts may be recommended as required.

Overview of 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.

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.