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EV2120 - Design Communication

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject is an introduction to the communication of design ideas using a range of graphic formats in and for urban contexts. The main objectives are to develop dexterity and confidence across a range of graphic media and design scales, and to expand both creative potential and technical skills of visual communication for professional drawings. The subject focuses on creativity, precision, and design process, and we will explore visual communication of design concepts for a range of urban design audiences (i.e. architects, planners, engineers, governance, community, etc). Upon conclusion, you will have developed broad visual communication skills informed by theoretical and technical knowledge, and be able to apply these to urban design, planning, and creative processes related to cities.

Learning Outcomes

  • assess the requirements and conventions of design-orientated drawing and identify appropriate graphic representation techniques for communicating concepts and ideas;
  • communicate design ideas at a range of scales and with technical precision to specific audiences;
  • use a range of graphic techniques at an introductory level of competence;
  • develop a portfolio of effective design communication;
  • appreciate the importance of graphic representation as part of the design process, and for the communication of design.
Prerequisites: 12CP of level 1 subjects


Cairns, Study Period 1, Block
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Face to face teaching 23-Apr-2019 to 27-Apr-2019 (23 to 24 and 26 to 27 April 2019, 4 days of practicals on the Cairns campus)
Coord/Lect: Dr Silvia Tavares.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 8 hours lectures - online
  • 22 hours tutorials - online, after face to face dates and prior to assignment submission date
  • 30 hours practicals - on Cairns campus
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: workbook (20%); project 3 (30%); project 1 (25%); project 2 (25%).
Special Assessment Requirements: none

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