Course Title: Studio 1 Communication Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Studio 1 Communication Design

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Trevor Streader

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

How to use this Program: an introduction to design studio learning

This course provides you with an introduction to Communication Design Studio practice at RMIT.

You will be inducted into the Design Studio system, which is the foundation of our practice of inquiry based learning and teaching.

Drawing on your own experiences, knowledge and abilities, and supported by an integrated program of theoretical and practical study, you will construct responses to issues in design and society.

The studio is an expanded space to work in, and offers several options for you to explore, ranging from craft-based approaches to forward-looking design. You will meet design practitioners and educators who are directly involved in the issues covered.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will be assessed on your development against the following program learning outcomes: 

  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline.
  • Communicate using diverse formats and strategies to audiences within and external to your discipline.
  • 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. Use critical thinking and enquiry-led processes to research contemporary issues and develop targeted design communications. 
  2. Produce design artefacts through creative methods that incorporate material, critical and reflective practices.
  3. Discuss how design interfaces with society and identify the characteristics and needs of specific audiences. 
  4. Identify and apply effective collaborative design methods, including critiquing the work of peers and constructively reflecting on feedback received. 
  5. Apply project management skills that support your creative practice.

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. Assessment may include reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assignment 1 (20%)
Research Project
Linked to course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Assignment 2 (50%)
Major Project
Linked to course learning outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5

Assignment 3 (30%)
Studio Knowledge Object
Linked to course learning outcomes: 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