The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course explores the professional approaches and design processes associated with commercial illustration practice. It will examine a variety of commercial contexts where illustration is the key visual communication form. Students will be introduced to the conceptual and aesthetic qualities that inform how ideas and impressions are expressed through illustration.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Create illustrations that effectively communicate ideas and meaning

2. Select and apply appropriate processes for designing illustrations

3. Analyse ideas, contexts and references sourced through visual research

4. Develop illustrations for professional applications


  • Visual symbols and analysis
  • Visual problem solving
  • Design processes in commercial illustration practice
  • Illustration media
  • Illustration styles
  • Illustration contexts
  • Visual research and image sourcing
  • Professional illustration practice


Student must have successfully completed DESN1011 and DESN1021 to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

DESN1200 or equivalent

Assessment items

Portfolio: Portfolio 50%

Project: Project 50%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term