Course Title: Apply the elements and principles of design

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5234

Course Title: Apply the elements and principles of design

Portfolio: DSC

Credit Points: 0

Nominal Hours: 100.0

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340T Art


Term1 2009,
Term1 2010,
Term1 2011,
Term1 2012,
Term2 2009,
Term2 2010,
Term2 2011

Course Contact: Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course develops the knowledge and skills required to extend artistic practice to explore and apply the principles of design to an artwork.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU013 Elements and principles of design


Develop and refine design solution 

Explore design elements and principles to inform concept

Identify and evaluate appropriate process and techniques to achieve design 

Realise design solution 

Research for design solution ideas 

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide you with a focus on the acquisition of essential industry skills.

On completion of this course you will be able to:
•    Prepare and maintain physical resources for the production of artworks
•    Explore a range of design elements and principles both using traditional and digital techniques
•    Produce both traditional and digital images

You will also have an understanding of:
•    Occupational health and safety procedures
•    Physical properties and capabilities of the most commonly used materials
•    Techniques, materials and tools and the way they can be adapted and extended in the production of artworks
•    Approaches to artworks and the work of key practitioners
•    Elements and principles of design
•    Historical and theoretical contexts (introductory level)
•    Copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues

Overview of Assessment

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following evidence of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment. On completion of this course, you will receive graded assessment.

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge.

The ability to apply the elements and principles of design and which:
•    demonstrates an ability to experiment and explore a design concept
•    demonstrates an ability to identify and evaluate appropriate process and techniques to achieve a design solution 
•    demonstrates a command of selected advanced techniques which are consistent with the conceptual vision
•    demonstrates a knowledge of materials and tools (both traditional and digital) and how they are used and extended
•    work must reflect consistent interaction with tutors in the studio in order to be considered for assessment