Course Title: Apply the elements and principles of design

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5230 Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Title: Apply the elements and principles of design

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 100

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Term1 2010,
Term1 2011,
Term1 2012,
Term1 2013

Course Contact: Simon Rankin

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

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Course Description

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge to apply different approaches and strategies for effective design solutions. You will investigate the application of acknowledged principles and elements in the concept, process and final outcome of the design.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None required, however this unit will be in a clustered delivery with VPAU056 Create design concepts from a brief to produce 2-dimensional artwork to finished art stage.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU013 Apply the elements and principles of design


1. Research for design solution ideas

2. Explore design elements and principles to inform concept

3. Develop and refine design solution

4. Identify and evaluate appropriate process and techniques to achieve design

5. Realise design solution

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

Practical tasks in the form of simulated industry briefs. Tasks are designed to highlight a student’s ability to apply the elements and principles of design and produce artwork from concept to finished art stage.

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