Graphic Design

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Graphic Design

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Graphic Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    DECO1100 or IENV1000 or IENV1301

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Design practice in light of background of shifting production languages, convergent technologies & professional design contexts. Fundamental graphic applications for print technologies & principles of print, page anatomy & construction, design production literacies & requirements for application to screen design. Role of process in design & roles & responsibilities inherent in design production processes.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate practical and technical skills through the production of design artefacts.
    2. Produce creative visual design solutions that demonstrate an understanding of graphic design principles.
    3. Produce creative visual design solutions that demonstrate consideration for the intended audience and their social and/or cultural context.
    4. Produce effective design solutions to simple & complex briefs following an iterative design process.
    5. Critique concepts, visual design approaches and effectiveness of communication in both your own and others work.
    6. Explain design decisions & outcomes to others in a reasoned and critical manner.
    Class Contact
    1 Lecture hour, 4 Contact hours
    Type: Participation
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 5, 6
    Due Date: Throughout Semester
    Weight: used to determine final grade
    Task Description: Participation is graded according to active engagement with the course and it's activities. Students are expected to actively:
    • participate in in-class discussions & critiques
    • participate in online discussions
    • participate in critique of project work
    • engage with tutorial exercises & discussions
    • engage with practical exercises
    Students will be graded according their level of participation in all of tutorial, practical sessions, and online discussions. The grade given for this assessment will be used in determining the final grade for the course. See 'Course Grading Information' for more information on how this will be applied.
    Just the Facts
    Type: Project
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 4, 5
    Due Date: Throughout Semester - Bi-weekly submissions
    Weight: equal
    Task Description: This project is designed to allow students to practice technical & theoretical skills in a creative manner. This project will enable students to develop a visual language and allow them to explore the possibilities for communicating a message in a visual form. Through in-class and on-line critiques, students will develop design language needed to discuss design works in a critical and considered manner. By producing works regularly throughout the semester, students will be able to improve their technical & theoretical skills through practice; and will be left with a visual record of their design learning.
    This project will be assessed in 2 parts:
    1. Production: Students will communicate Harpers Index facts through the production of 2D visual works. The visual form should communicate the student's response to the stimulus using basic design elements (line, shape, colour & typography). Compositions should demonstrate an understanding of graphic design principles and how these contribute to the visual communication of a message. These are to be submitted bi-weekly.
    2. Critique: Students will develop critiquing skills by providing formal constructive feedback to other students prior to and following each submission.
    Type: Poster
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
    Due Date: Mid-Late Semester
    Weight: equal
    Task Description: In this project, students will create a poster explaining a dataset of their choosing in a visual format. Students will need to consider how to visually represent their chosen dataset in a way that allows the reader to interpret & understand the information presented in a meaningful way. Additional data & sources may be used to support the central topic.
    Type: Portfolio
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Due Date: End of Semester
    Weight: equal
    Task Description: In this project, students will create a portfolio booklet that documents and explains the work they have created in the course to date. The portfolio will introduce the student as designer, provide visuals & explanatory text for each work produced, and provide insight into the designers that influence them.

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