Visual Communication

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Visual Communication

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Design Management, Graphic Design, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    All IVD units assume that you are computer literate - which means you know how to use a typical computer (Mac and/or Windows), and can use standard desktop applications such as a word processor, email and web browser.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Interactive and Visual Design deals with visual communication and the creation of meaning through images. This unit will introduce you to the principles, production and presentation of visual design and communication.

    Learning Outcomes
    By the completion of this unit you should be able to:
    1. identify and describe the construction of meaning within visual images and articulate the conventions of visual communication
    2. produce visual designs that communicate intention and are targeted to a defined audience, context and purpose
    3. use appropriate technologies to design, produce and manipulate various elements of images to produce meaning
    4. display and reflect upon your own creative outcomes to situate them within the field of design practice.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    This unit is delivered via lectures, tutorials and workshops. Lectures will introduce the concepts and principles of visual analysis, design processes and production; workshops will develop a base level of practical skill required to construct and manipulate digital imagery; tutorials will explore concepts presented in lectures and provide a space to reflect upon concepts and principles that have been applied in practical workshops.
    Unit delivery
    Contact hours for this unit are equivalent to approximately 3hrs per week, with the expectation of approximately 10hrs of independent work per week.
    Contact hours are divided between lectures and studio sessions. Lectures may be presented online or in person.
    Tutorials run for 10 - 12 weeks of the semster for approximately 2 hours per week. The unit is co-ordinated from the Blackboard web site where a range of support materials will be published.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.