Course Title: Studio 1 Communication Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Studio 1 Communication Design

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 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

How to use this Program: an introduction to design studio learning

This course provides you with an introduction to Communication Design Studio practice at RMIT.

You will be inducted into the Design Studio system, which is the foundation of our practice of inquiry based learning and teaching.

Drawing on your own experiences, knowledge and abilities, and supported by an integrated program of theoretical and practical study, you will construct responses to issues in design and society.

The studio is an expanded space to work in, and offers several options for you to explore, ranging from craft-based approaches to forward-looking design. You will meet design practitioners and educators who are directly involved in the issues covered.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse Communication Design contexts.
  • Communicate using diverse formats and strategies to audiences within and external to your discipline.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.
  • Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your practice or future study.

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

  • Identify and examine key issues in contemporary design.
  • Discuss how design interfaces with society and identify the needs and types of audiences that designers address.
  • Identify and describe effective ways to work collaboratively with communication designers and other disciplines.
  • Produce design artefacts which respond to specific issues in design and society.
  • Provide critique on the design work of peers in a studio environment and reflect on feedback provided on your own work.

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