Course Title: Studio 5 Communication Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Studio 5 Communication Design

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022


Singapore Inst of Management


370H Design


Offsh1 18,
Offsh1 20,
Offsh1 21,
Offsh1 22

Course Coordinator: Andy Simionato

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of GRAP2643 Studio 3 Communication Design.

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.
For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.


Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information: Credit at RMIT

Course Description

Transition and trajectory

This final design studio is your opportunity to define yourself as a designer with a breadth of knowledge and ability and a depth of attainment in your chosen field.

In this course, you will be expected to consolidate your position in contemporary practice and the creative industries. You will demonstrate your abilities to analyse, synthesise, evaluate, and apply your design skills within complex problems.

In this studio you will produce persuasive design outcomes that will inform your capstone course.

You will be able to choose from a range of Studio projects; framed by themes of Communication Design Craft, Strategy and Futures. Details of each project are set out in the individual studio guides. During your program of study you will have the opportunity to select studio options from each of these program themes.

You will work with students from different levels and entry points in the program, supported through a range of seminars, lectures and workshop activities.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will be assessed on your development against the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of the place of Communication Design in society and the principles it operates within.
  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and specific skills in your discipline in which to base your professional practice or future study.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice. 
  • Apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in your practice or future study.

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

  1. Interrogate complex problems to produce creative and innovative design outcomes.
  2. Identify and apply the principles of design thinking to design-research and design-making.
  3. Propose and execute design projects that reflect your expertise and knowledge within the design or creative arena you plan to enter.
  4. Critically evaluate and reflect on design projects and identify areas for future development.
  5. Critically reflect on your professional learning and apply it to future scenarios.

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 that are relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning, including the University Library and Study Support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assignment 1 (30%)
Research Project
Linked to course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Assignment 2 (40%)
Major Project
Linked to course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Assignment 3 (30%)
Studio Knowledge Object
Linked to course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.