Course Title: Communication Design Studio

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communication Design Studio

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Noel Waite

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will examine the principles and techniques of contemporary communication design practice. The course includes a series of studio-based projects, and a number of collaborative tasks, through which you will explore current thinking and best practice in communication design.

You will advance your conceptual and technical skills synthesising contextual, strategic and pragmatic considerations in communication design practice. You will also develop visual solutions to communication problems that are informed by relevant history and theory, and by strategic thinking and contemporary industry expectations.

This is a designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for MC250 Master of Communication Design and GD198 Graduate Diploma of Communication Design. This course includes a work-integrated learning experience, in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course, you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• Develop and apply skills in communicating complex ideas in a primary visual form in ways that are innovative and responsive to changing social and technogical contexts.

• Develop skills and abilities in a collaborative manner leading to creative outcomes for real work needs.

• Employ appropriate technical skills and theoretical knowledge to solve problems associated with creative work in communication design.

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

  1. Critically discuss a range of social, strategic and technological considerations that affect design practice.
  2. Evaluate and apply communication design theory to practice.
  3. Develop creative solutions to communication design problems in a collaborative environment using contemporary methods and techniques.
  4. Reflect upon current industry trends and technological developments and their effect upon your practice.
  5. Critique the work of your peers, and reflect upon and synthesise feedback from others.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course takes a blended approach in its delivery. The course focuses upon project-based learning, and you will be actively engaged in a range of activities including studios, seminars, face-to-face and online class discussions, group activities and individual research.

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 courses learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include studio projects, group work, presentations and critiques.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment Task 1 (50%)
Mid-semester portfolio of studio projects
Linked to course learning outcomes: 1-5

Assessment Task 2 (50%)
End-of-semester portfolio of studio projects
Linked to course learning outcomes: 1-5

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.