Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course explores contemporary approaches to professional, commercial and experimental publication design Students will develop the skills and knowledge required to prepare files for 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.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

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;
  • 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.

Assumed knowledge

DESN1031 and DESN1011 and DESN1021

Assessment items

Project: Project 1 - 40%

Project: Project 2 - 40%

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity - 20%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1, 2, and 7, 8


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 3

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.