Course Title: Research visual communication history and theory

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5316 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 2013,
Term1 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term2 2015

Course Contact: Leigh Milward

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9426

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

While undertaking this unit you will research visual communication history and theory and to apply that research to own professional practice. Visual communication professionals inform and enrich their practice through their understanding of history and theory. It provides context, inspiration and reference for contemporary design solutions. History and theory may relate to a particular period of time, a particular aspect of visual communication, or be broader in nature. At this level, research is an independent activity, with some guidance and mentoring as required.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no prerequisites for this unit, however this unit is delivered alongside BSBDES402A Interpret and respond to a design brief in a studio cluster called Design 1.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUVGRD501A 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

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

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/or written tasks. Assessment tasks in this course are:

  • Design Project 1 (50% of final grade)
  • Design Project 2 (50% of final grade)