Course Title: Research visual communication history and theory

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5359 Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Title: Research visual communication history and theory

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 55

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Term1 2017,
Term2 2017,
Term1 2018,
Term2 2018,
Term1 2019,
Term2 2019


Brunswick Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2020,
Term2 2020

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 9925 9988

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

While undertaking this course you will research visual communication history and theory and apply that research to your own professional practice. Visual communication professionals inform and enrich their practice through their understanding of history and theory. This study will provide context, inspiration and reference for your design solutions. History and theory may relate to a particular period of time, a particular aspect of visual communication, or be broader in nature.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None required.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUAGRD501 Research visual communication history and theory


1 Select focus for research

2 Conduct critical analysis

3 Present ideas about visual communication history and theory

4 Develop own practice from research

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and knowledge assessments. The assessment tasks include:
Project and knowledge assessment.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.