Concepts and Narratives

DCO10001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020

Contact hours

  • 36

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

6 Jul 20 - 4 Oct 20

27 Oct 20

Last self enrolment:
19 Jul 20

31 Jul 20


Any course within School of Design or BA-EDUSEC

Aims and objectives

This unit of study introduces students to the fundamentals of design exploration: visual and tactile conceptualisation and basic design representation appropriate to different design disciplines in the context of creative problem solutions. 

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Identify the key elements and principles of design;
2. Interpret the mark as a medium of ideation, visual problem solving and design representation;
3. Prepare a workbook/folio to document methods of exploration and ideas;
4. Examine sequential design and the communication of idea, information and narrative;
5. Develop concepts and ideas, using experimentation for creative and sustainable solutions;
6. Reflect on and evaluate visual and tactile research documentation, mapping, model-making and visualisation techniques.

Courses with unit

BA-DES (BA-DESS) Bachelor of Design
BB-DESBUS Bachelor of Design / Bachelor of Business
BA-EDUSEC Bachelor of Education (Secondary) – Visual Communication Design Specialisation
BH-DESCMN2 Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours)
BB-BUSCMN Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Communication