Course Title: Graphic Design Theory and Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Graphic Design Theory and Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019


Brunswick Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021


Brunswick Campus


515T Creative Industries


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dale Nason

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9988

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B515.2.3

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will extend and challenge your understanding of visual language and visual culture, applying your insights to the development of a personal graphic language. You will investigate contemporary and historical ideas that concern visual design and communication, including design principles and elements. By applying this knowledge to a number of practical and theoretical exercises, you will gain insight into design processes including rationales and concept roughs. Underpinning these applications are industry conventions and requirements including ethical, legal and sustainability issues which will also be considered in your graphic design practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program outcomes:

  • Interpret and respond to a brief considering the needs and expectations of relevant stakeholders, industry conventions, legal requirements, and ethical and sustainable practice implications for the Graphic Design industry and broader global community.
  • Apply investigative skills to gather, analyse and interpret information and source material for a range of diverse contexts.
  • Reference historical and contemporary design theory and culture in order to develop and adapt knowledge and skills to a range of graphic design outcomes.
  • With initiative and judgement communicate effectively within relevant creative, business and industry contexts.

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

  • Identify and consider contemporary ideas in design practice
  • Evaluate contemporary approaches to communication design to influence your own design visual language
  • Seek and provide feedback on developing work, evaluate feedback and apply where appropriate
  • Identify and draw on elements of industry conventions and requirements when engaging in design practice.
  • Present, communicate and discuss your investigation with a larger group

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a studio, computer lab and/or lecture environment. You will complete exercises, industry related briefs, research assignments and presentations. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources. The University Library has extensive resources for Graphic 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 capabilities.
Assessments are as follows:

Project 1 50%

Project 2 50%

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 Equitable Learning Unit if you would like to find out more.
A student charter

summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1