Course Title: Graphic Design Theory and Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Graphic Design Theory and Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


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


Brunswick Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021


Brunswick Campus


515T Creative Industries


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Simon Rankin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9988

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B515.02.03

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will investigate and analyse historical and contemporary practitioners of graphic design. You will explore the place of graphic and communication design in contemporary culture and reference this in relation to a written response and practical briefs. You will respond to industry style briefs employing design process strategies to creatively interpret, communicate and resolve your design concept. Engaging with and developing technical skills and knowledge in a range of appropriate software to achieve graphic outcomes in both print and web formats. This includes user-centred digital and screen concepts and methods. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program outcomes:

1. Identify and employ a range of graphic and communication techniques in order to design, refine and produce artwork using well developed digital production skills for multiple contexts.

4. Apply investigative skills to gather, analyse and interpret information and source material for a range of diverse contexts.

6. Reference historical and contemporary design theory and culture in order to develop and adapt knowledge and skills to a range of graphic design outcomes.

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

1. Conduct, adapt and apply research to design practices
2. Analyse and discuss elements of graphic design culture
3. Employ design process strategies including rationales and roughs to support the creative and technical outcomes of practical briefs
4. Evaluate design outcomes to extend own design practice
5. Design and create multimedia graphics including a functional website
6Seek and provide feedback on developing work, evaluate feedback and apply where appropriate

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a computer learning environment. You will complete exercises, industry related briefs, and a research assignment. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided including books, references and web sources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. Student learning resources also include access to computer laboratories and relevant software.
Online learning tools and content

 As a student in this program, you can access online learning tools and resources for your program and associated courses from the RMIT student website.

  RMIT will provide you with specific course materials for learning through our online system (Canvas). The course and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

RMIT Library

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library.
The library provides guides on academic referencing along with specific subject guides.

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 also provides a variety of resources including databases, e-journals, e-books and websites. You can find more information on Library services at: 

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester and feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment tasks are:
Interface Design Project 1: 30%
This assessment task supports CLO 1,2,3,4,5,6

Interface Design Project 2: 20%
This assessment task supports CLO 1,2,3,4,5,6

Theory & Practice Portfolio 50%
This assessment task supports CLO 1,2,3,4,6