Information Design

DCO20003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36

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

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

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


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.

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.


Courses with unit

BA-ANI Bachelor of Animation
BA-ARC Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
BA-DID Bachelor of Innovation and Design
BA-SCRPRD Bachelor of Screen Production
BB-DESMCMN Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Media and Communication
BB-GAMIANI Bachelor of Games & Interactivity/Bachelor of Animation
BH-DESINA Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) (Honours)
BH-DESIND1 Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours)
BH-FTV2 Bachelor of Film and Television (Honours)