Digital Design

DCO10002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended + Swinburne Online

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

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

Higher Ed. Semester 2

28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

11 Jul 22 - 9 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

5 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Aug 22


Assumed Knowledge
Basic computer operation

Aims and objectives

This unit of study introduces explorative and creative thinking expressed through the application of digital software to design propositions. Students will explore vector and raster based software as design tools for specific formats and communication objectives. Students will develop the ability to use digital software for the development and execution of visual communication for print and screen formats.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Analyse and apply digital processes to design decision-making.
2. Identify and use appropriate digital software to execute intended design outcomes.
3. Apply vector oriented design software as a design tool to achieve visual communication objectives.
4. Apply raster oriented design software as design tool to achieve visual communication objectives.
5. Develop and document individual visual communication concepts and outcomes framed by a project brief.
6. Produce creative design outcomes in a digital environment with reference to appropriate software use, file format and management and context of output.

Courses with unit

BH-DESCMN2 Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours)
BH-DESIND1 Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours)
BB-MCMNBUS Bachelor of Media and Communication/Bachelor of Business
BH-DESINA Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) (Honours)
BA-SCRPRD Bachelor of Screen Production

BA-ANI Bachelor of Animation
BH-FTV2 Bachelor of Film and Television (Honours)
BA-ARC Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
BB-GAMIANI Bachelor of Games & Interactivity/Bachelor of Animation
BB-DESMCMN Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Media and Communication