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Publication Design (GRD201)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit focuses on a wide range of desktop publishing techniques in the design and production of print publications. Concepts of pre-press, creating artwork for print, typography, layout and print production techniques are introduced at a theoretical level and implemented in practical project based work.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit students will be able to apply the concepts and techniques of publication design. This involves:
1. Demonstrating a knowledge of, and applying the principles and concepts of print and digital graphic design.
2. Researching, prototyping and evaluating media artefacts in relation to specific purposes, audiences, contexts and underlying technologies.
3. Synthesizing personal, group, industry convention and client based viewpoints towards the successful resolution of graphic design problems.
4. Demonstrating the successful application of desktop publishing concepts, skills and techniques in a print publication.
Timetabled Learning Activities Online lecture; Media laboratories: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning in this unit is primarily project-based. Students will gain an understanding of the technical and conceptual aspects of desktop publishing through the interpretation of a fictional client briefs, producing design composites for a range of contexts, toward the finished production of a range of printed publications.
Assessment Assessment and feedback are iterative in that each assessment will cumulatively build on the next toward the successful design and development of several publication design projects . Students receive feedback through, in class discussion, written assignments, student group work and online assignment feedback and discussion.
There are four types of assessment as follows:
Design Research, Creative Work worth 20%, Critical Design Forum worth 20%, Homework worth 20%, and Creative Work/Essay worth 40%.
Prerequisites IDD118/GRD118 Introduction to Graphic Design
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed IDD201 Publication Design may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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
Ms Erica Ormsby
Associate Lecturer in Graphic Design

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2915
e: E.Ormsby@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.061 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Ms Erica Ormsby
Associate Lecturer in Graphic Design

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2915
e: E.Ormsby@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.061 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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