Course Title: Develop graphic designs for the built environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: GRAP5376C

Course Title: Develop graphic designs for the built environment

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6152 - Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 9925 9446

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Claudia Bergsdorf

Nominal Hours: 55

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None required.

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to combine creative and technical design expertise with a sound understanding of the particular factors that apply to signage, wayfinding systems and other built environment designs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAGRD605 Develop graphic designs for the built environment


1 Interpret creative briefs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse creative briefs in terms of key communication objectives for the built environment project

1.2 Develop an understanding of the broader context for the design work

1.3 Develop shared understandings of design requirements with relevant people

1.4 Negotiate and confirm practical considerations, including schedule and budgetary requirements


2 Evaluate the context for design work in the built environment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Consider current and emerging trends and thinking across key areas of design for the built environment

2.2 Assess the ways that audiences engage with signage of different types

2.3 Evaluate locations for design work in terms of current aesthetic and functionality

2.4 Obtain and analyse relevant technical data that inform design

2.5 Evaluate key sustainability issues for incorporation into design

2.6 Assess and respond to regulatory requirements that affect design in the built environment


3 Generate and assess ideas

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and source references that inform design in the built environment

3.2 Explore ideas for designs that enhance the overall visual amenity of the environment

3.3 Evaluate opportunities offered by both current and emerging technologies for signage

3.4 Acknowledge and integrate relationships between signage and broader organisational identity

3.5 Maximise contributions of others through collaboration on ideas as required

3.6 Reflect on ideas for technical, creative and budgetary implications

3.7 Refine and select approaches that best balance the overall needs of the brief


4 Develop designs for the built environment

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Develop designs from initial concepts ensuring that all production and design factors are taken into account

4.2 Realise designs from initial ideas by working confidently with the elements and principles of design

4.3 Combine conceptual and technical expertise to develop workable solutions

4.4 Engage in an ongoing process of testing, creative collaboration and refinement during the design process

4.5 Engage with other experts on relevant technical, legal and business requirements


5 Finalise designs for the built environment

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Negotiate and agree to modifications and amend designs as required

5.2 Develop accurate and comprehensive documentation to support the production process

5.3 Present final designs and documentation to relevant personnel and confirm


6 Evaluate design work and process

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Evaluate completed designs in terms of success in meeting objectives

6.2 Assess the work against other creative, technical and business considerations

6.3 Analyse and evaluate feedback from client and others

6.4 Reflect on own role in design process and note areas for future improvement

6.5 Develop strategies for further development of own skills

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio and computer laboratory using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study. In-class activities will include:

  • class exercises
  • tutorials
  • practical demonstrations
  • workshops
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback


Out of class activities may include:

  • independent research
  • independent project based work
  • studio practice
  • online tutorials and activities
  • review and revision

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

There will be a number of prescribed tasks and projects (see Assessment Tasks below).


Session description - Built Environment

Learning elements CUVGRD605A


Course Introduction & Task 1

Introduction of Task 1 Icon Set

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5


Task 1 Icon Set

Group pinup, digitising drawings, colour palette development, icon creation.

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5


Task 1 Icon Set

Feedback, design testing, version variations

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5


Task 1 Icon Set DUE

Project 1 Community Housing Complex Signage

Submission & presentation of Task 1. Introduction to Project 1.

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5, 5.1–5.3, 6.1–6.5


Project 1 Community Housing Complex Signage

Continuation of work on Project 1. Guest speaker

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5, 5.1–5.3, 6.1–6.5


Project 1 Community Housing Complex Signage

Finalising name, wayfinding plan, materials research, developing colour palette

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5, 5.1–5.3, 6.1–6.5


Project 1 Community Housing Complex Signage

Wayfinding plan, materials research, developing colour palette

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5, 5.1–5.3, 6.1–6.5


Project 1 Community Housing Complex Signage

Sign formats, signage details, supergraphics

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5, 5.1–5.3, 6.1–6.5


Project 1 Community Housing Complex Signage DUE

Project 2 Signage Project Proposal

Presentation informal, group discussion. Introduction to Project 2

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5, 5.1–5.3, 6.1–6.5


Brief 2 Signage Project Proposal

Explore hierarchy/layout options for your document

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5, 5.1–5.3, 6.1–6.5


Project 2 Signage Project Proposal

Individual feedback sessions

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5, 5.1–5.3, 6.1–6.5


Brief 2 Signage Project Proposal

Task 2 Exhibition Wayfinding/Signage

Final planning/adjustments to proposal document. 

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5, 5.1–5.3, 6.1–6.5


Brief 2 Signage Project Proposal

Project 2 Exhibition Wayfinding/Signage

Presentation informal, group discussion. 

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5, 5.1–5.3, 6.1–6.5


Brief 2 Signage Project Proposal DUE

Completion of graphics, incorporation into single typeface

Review and respond to feedback.

Submission Project 1

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5, 5.1–5.3, 6.1–6.5


Submission, Feedback Session

1.1–1.4, 2.1–2.6, 3.1–3.7, 4.1–4.5, 5.1–5.3, 6.1–6.5

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course. This course has recommended books listed under ‘References’


You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources.

Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning. The University Library has extensive resources for 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

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or exercises. The assessment tasks are:
Learning exercises
Major projects incorporating design and print outcomes
Research reports or presentations

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.


Assessment Tasks

Tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks and you should engage in all formative tasks.
This course has 2 Summative Tasks, both of which must be completed/submitted. Each task has an allocated percentage of the total grade. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Formative Tasks

Task 1 - Icon Set 

Due Week 4


Summative Tasks:

Assessment Task 1:

Community Housing Complex Signage - 50% of final grade

Due Week 9 

Assessment Task 2:

Signage Project Proposal- 50% of final grade

Due Week 15


At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment are:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


The major aspect of your learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity for success.



You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. Student feedback at RMIT


Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy



When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-­digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e­ Submission process.Information regarding the e­Submission process


Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level.

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration

Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy. If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor. Further links ­ Application for extension of time


On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission

On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.

The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Work submitted late will be assessed for competency only. Submissions are only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity. Academic Integrity

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