2017 Undergraduate Courses

Graphic Design Major | 2017

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UAC Code: 754602

A major study in Graphic Design combines the study of graphic design and design thinking with laboratory production components. Students are introduced to a range of graphic design techniques and practices across a number of conceptual, social and industry contexts including visual communication design, innovations in design practice and sustainability and ethics. The course encourages an interdisciplinary collaborative approach to the study and practice of creative print and screen-based design. Student work is shown throughout the year in one of the gallery spaces in the Faculty.

The first year of the course provides a strong foundation in visual and design concepts. During second year, students pursue specialised study in typography, branding, illustration, campaign graphics, editorial design, web design and design theory. Increasingly, student projects are concerned with design thinking, research methodology, collaboration and design innovation. Theory and production subjects run in parallel throughout the year.

The focus in third year is upon developing advanced graphic design skills within a professional, innovative, applied and reflective context. Students develop advanced critical, conceptual and practical skills across client engagement, print and interactive media. The course culminates in a final year major project and public exhibition of students’ work within the Graduate Show.

Subjects Required for Major Study 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CACS102Critical Frameworks in Creative Practice6Autumn
CACS101Contemporary Creative Practice6Spring
Plus TWO from the following:
CACS301Professional Practice6Spring
CACS331Contemporary Theory and Research Practice6Autumn
CAGD331New Media and Visual Communication Theory6Autumn
CAMS331Music and Culture6Autumn
CAPF331Theory and Practice of Theatre in the 20th and 21st Century6Autumn
CAVA331Contemporary Artworlds6Autumn
CAGD332Advanced Graphic Design and Visual Communication Theory6Spring
CAVA332Globalisation and Contemporary Art6Spring
CAPF333Political Dramaturgy6Spring
CAVA361Curatorial Practices6Spring
Plus the following:
CAVA101Visual Foundation 16Autumn
CAVA102Visual Foundation 26Autumn
CAVA103Visual Foundation 36Spring
CAVA104Visual Foundation 4: Studio Practice6Spring
CAGD201Graphic Design Studio 1 - Typography6Autumn
CAGD202Graphic Design Studio 2 - Visual Communication6Autumn
CAGD231Graphic Design and Visual Communication Theory 16Autumn
CAGD203Graphic Design Studio 3 - Design Innovation6Spring
CAGD232Graphic Design and Visual Communication Theory 26Spring
CAGD301Graphic Design Studio 4 - Design Practice6Autumn
CAGD390Graphic Design Major Project12Spring
Plus electives to bring the total number of credit points to 144.



Credit Arrangements

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Other Information

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Last reviewed: 6 February, 2017