• Offered by ANU Wide and the School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences / ANU Wide
  • Course subject ANU College
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Geoffrey Hinchcliffe
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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ANUC1121 offers Diploma students the same content and learning as DESN1002 in a more scaffolded teaching environment. This course provides students with an introduction to the field of visual communication design, and equips them with the knowledge and skills to more effectively communicate their ideas and processes in a visual form. Students conduct research and produce practical projects as a means to interrogate and apply fundamental theories, concepts and techniques. The course examines the foundational elements of visual communication and how context shapes production and reception of visual forms. Students address visual design for print, screen and environmental graphics and gain a practical grounding in relevant design software packages, different file formats and technical production requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Strategically apply visual communication design concepts and techniques.
  2. Demonstrate competency and creative ability operating design software.
  3. Produce creative design solutions for specific cultural and technical contexts.
  4. Conduct research into design artefacts and processes, and apply findings to creative production.
  5. Substantiate design outcomes with research and rationale.

Indicative Assessment

Participation, 10% (LO 1-5)
Research report, 1000 words, 20% (LO 1, 2, 4, 5)
Major project, 50% (LO 1-4)
Project rationale, 1000 words, 20% (LO 1-5)
Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide formative feedback on work in progress.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


160 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 75 hours of contact: 75 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 85 hours of supported and independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Enrolment in the Diploma of Creative Design. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed DESN1002.

Preliminary Reading

Itten, J. (1961). The art of color: The subjective experience and objective rationale of color. New York: Reinhold Pub.
Lupton, E. (2004). Thinking with type: A critical guide for designers, writers, editors, & students. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
Lupton, E., & Phillips, J. C. (2008). Graphic design: The new basics. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
Miller, B. G. (2011). Above the fold: Understanding the principles of successful web site design. Cincinnati, OH: How Books.
Samara, T. (2002). Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop. Rockport.
Wheeler, A. (2003). Designing brand identity: A complete guide to creating, building, and maintaining strong brands. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.
White, A. (2002). The elements of graphic design: Space, unity, page architecture, and type. New York: Allworth Press.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3558
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4740
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4983 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 08 Jun 2018 In Person N/A

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