Course Title: Curating and Exhibiting Communication Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Curating and Exhibiting Communication Design

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Brad Haylock

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0338

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine the theory and practice of curating and exhibiting communication design. The course addresses the broader history of curatorial practice as well as contemporary discourse in the field, with a focus upon the particular challenges and debates surrounding the exhibition of communication design.

You will assess the practical considerations that inform exhibition design. You will develop an exhibition proposal that is informed by past practice, contemporary debates and practical demands, and you will plan and implement a communication design exhibition.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Critically discuss the history and current discourse regarding the curation and exhibition of communication design.
  • Explain and defend curatorial proposals and exhibition concepts, in specialist terms and to general audiences.
  • Plan and implement curated exhibitions of communication design.
  • Design and install innovative exhibitions, using advanced technical knowledge and skills.

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current theories of design and communication in relation to branding and identity, entrepreneurship, and project management as they apply to the creation of design solutions.
  • Professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes to address specialist and nonspecialist audiences.
  • Master a body of knowledge and specific technical skills to progress your professional career within the contemporary media and communication environment.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course takes a blended approach in its delivery. The course focuses upon project-based learning, and you will be actively engaged in a range of activities including studios, seminars, face-to-face and online class discussions, group activities and individual research.

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 studio projects, group work, presentations and critiques.

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