Course Title: Extending Communication Design Expertise

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Extending Communication Design Expertise

Credit Points: 12.00


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 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022


Singapore Inst of Management


370H Design


Offsh1 18,
Offsh1 20,
Offsh2 21,
Offsh2 22

Course Coordinator: Rebecca Nally

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of GRAP2257 Developing Communication Design Expertise.

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:;ID=x94or0ccuu7k

Course Description

Extending your design practice

This course is designed to give you the opportunity to extend your expertise in a field of communication design, such as illustration, book as object, packaging, typography, web and mobile development, event design and experimental practices.

Through projects, presentations and coursework you will develop concepts and skills to compliment Communication Design Studios. You are encouraged to push the boundaries of design, take risks and experiment with different techniques and materials.

There is an emphasis on technique and making in this course. The works you produce will demonstrate a high level of crafting and attention to detail.

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. 
  • Integrate a broad and deep range of design skills for professional and creative problem solving.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice. 

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

  1. Evaluate design practice from a maker’s perspective.
  2. Investigate and document the process within specific design media and practices.
  3. Design and creatively express your responses to diverse design problems.
  4. Compare and contrast the different conventions that surround specific media and communication design practices.

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.

Assessment 1.

Research (30%)
Linked to course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


Assessment 2.

Work In Progress (30%)
Linked to course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


Assessment 3.

Portfolio (40%) 

Linked to course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

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