Information Design

DCO20003 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

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

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

Higher Ed. Semester 2

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24


75 credit points in any of the following courses:
BA-ARC Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
BA-DES/BA-DESS Bachelor of Design
BA-DID Bachelor of Innovation and Design
BB-DESBUS Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Business
BB-DESMCMN Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Media and Communication

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with an introduction to advanced information design, its principles and techniques, involved in visualising complex data. Students will gain an understanding of methods to visually interpret and communicate complex information in an engaging manner. Projects will enable students to apply and demonstrate their knowledge of a range of information graphic techniques, including alpha-numeric, symbols, timelines, charts, graphs, maps, tables, and diagrams in a visual communication context.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Create information and interface design outcomes in a visual communication context, applying design principles, processes and techniques
2. Generate highly resolved graphic outcomes using software packages and techniques
3. Interpret data and information and communicate content as visual explanations and narratives
4. Prepare communication strategies for information design outcomes, using integrated media and technologies
5. Produce information and interface design solutions in response to a project brief
6. Critically review project outcomes in relation to a professional practice context.