The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course explores contemporary approaches to professional, commercial and experimental publication design and considers the role of print media in a screen dominated world. Students will develop the skills and knowledge required to prepare and process digital images and document files for real-world print applications through the design and production of a publication.

Student projects may involve work integrated or research integrated learning opportunities; projects that involve external stakeholders; group/collaborative projects; speculative or more theoretically oriented projects; professionally oriented projects; projects based on competition or award briefs.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): DESN3051. Students who have successfully completed DESN3051 are not eligible to enrol in DESN3321.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Design content for print to production-ready standards

2. Select and use appropriate production processes for different print applications

3. Document and explain design and production decisions

4. Experiment with print materials, formats and outcomes

5. Constructively critique design concepts and outcomes


  • Publication forms, conventions, concepts and terminologies
  • Materiality, user interaction, binding and finishing for publications
  • Historical and contemporary methods and technologies for print production and publication
  • Creative solutions to constraints and challenges in print publication 
  • Client/designer/printer/audience relationships and environments
  • Project management and processes for print design 
  • Environmental, ethical and economic perspectives

Assessment items

Project: Project 1 40%

Project: Project 2 40%

Journal: Journal 20%