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NM1401 - Introduction to Graphic Design

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Creative Arts

Available to all students

This subject introduces the basic elements of design, effective visualisation and communication, thereby providing students with fundamental principles of graphic design for new media. Manual and digital tools are used as the basis for ideas formulation and testing for digital media projects. The history of Australian graphic design and contemporary practice is explored through a team-based investigative research project.

Learning Outcomes

  • using the appropriate language of visual communication, demonstrated ability to critique individual design projects for their aesthetic and functional effectiveness;
  • demonstrated understanding of the fundamental principles of graphic design for new media;
  • demonstrated understanding of the relationship between design elements and effective visualisation and communication.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
Assessment: design projects (60%); group project/research (20%); quiz (20%).

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