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Design Foundation (GRD110)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit introduces students to the skills and theoretical knowledge of design through a range of practical projects. In response to these projects and through research, students develop an understanding of colour, composition, typography, grids and composition through the practical application of hand and computer skills.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Understand the role of graphic design and visual language theories in design projects.
2. Apply an understanding of hand and computer skills to solve design-based objectives
3. Apply a level of understanding, creativity and design process to articulate design concepts
Timetabled Learning Activities Online lecture; Media laboratories 2.5 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit involves a series of lab sessions that practically reinforce the theory and concepts of graphic design and visual language. Students will engage in sustained iterative processes to visual problem solve and create design concepts. The learning in this unit also integrates a series of lectures about the concepts used in practical tutorials.
Assessment Assessment and feedback are iterative in that each assessment will cumulatively build on the next toward the successful design and development of several graphic design projects. Students receive feedback through, in-class discussion, written assignments, student group work and online assignment feedback and discussion.
Students will also be expected to read additional technical articles and analyse contemporary graphic design in several contexts. There are four types of assessment as follows: Design Research worth 20%, Creative Work worth 20%, Homework worth 10%, and Portfolio worth 50%.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Games Art and Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Graphic Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Photography (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Screen Production (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Sound (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Mrs Amie Mason
Associate Lecturer in Graphic Design

e: amie.mason@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Mrs Amie Mason
Associate Lecturer in Graphic Design

e: amie.mason@murdoch.edu.au
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