Design for Production

DCO30002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours per Semester

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

6 Nov 23 - 11 Feb 24

5 Mar 24

Last self enrolment:
19 Nov 23

1 Dec 23

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Dec 23


Assumed Knowledge
Working knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator 

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces a range of industry standard production processes, including print production. It will explore methods of selection and sourcing of appropriate suppliers and manufacturers in relation to a specific project outcome. This unit emphasises workflow for production, and examines communication issues for designers and manufacturers. Various aspects of production will be explored, including software and design methods that support design as activity for production, for mass production or for one-to-many communication.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Use industry standard systems, methodologies and technologies relevant to communication design practice within the professional design industry
2. Use design project management skills and apply business systems and production processes to design projects
3. Investigate local printers, suppliers and manufacturers as appropriate to a specific project brief
4. Prepare design projects for appropriate production outcomes
5. Design within the limitations of specified formats and print processes and apply supplied dielines or similar print specifications
6. Propose, design and prepare for commercial print production design solutions that exploit unique formats and make specific and creative use of formats and finishes for communication

Courses with unit

BA-DES Bachelor of Design – Communication Design Major
BB-DESBUS Bachelor of Design / Bachelor of Business
BB-DCDBUS Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) / Bachelor of Business
BA-EDUSEC Bachelor of Education (Secondary) – Visual Communication Design Specialisation