Visual Communication Studio

DCO10007 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 36

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 3

7 Nov 22 - 5 Feb 23

28 Feb 23

Last self enrolment:
20 Nov 22

2 Dec 22

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Dec 22


DCO10007 Design Studio: Visual Communication v.1
DES10041 Introduction to Communication Design

Aims and objectives

This unit seeks to introduce students to the fundamentals of visual design. It aims to facilitate the exploration of fundamental visual design elements, principles and practice, providing students with a foundation for further communication design-based projects. Using image, type and meaning, students explore different methods to graphically represent their environment, including objects and place. 

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Engage with research, design process methods and models relevant to design enquiry;
2. Document and organise design research, concept and design development to then develop design proposals;
3. Critically evaluate and reflect on design process and project outcomes;
4. Develop hand crafted graphics and typography to create project outcomes;
5. Implement highly developed project outcomes using appropriate computer software applications.

Courses with unit

BA-EDUSEC Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
BH-DESCMN2 Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours)
BA-CMNADV Bachelor of Communication (Advertising)
BA-DESS Bachelor of Design
BB-BUSCMN Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Communication
BB-DESMCMN Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Media and Communication
MN-COMDES2 Communication Design
BA-ARC Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
BH-DESINA Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) (Honours)
BH-DESIND1 Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours)
BA-DESCMN3S Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)
BB-DCDBUS Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)/Bachelor of Business
BA-DES Bachelor of Design
BB-DESBUS Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Business