The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course will provide students with a framework to develop and prototype a research driven design project in visual communication design. Students will independently learn advanced research, design and practical skills relevant to their research driven design project and the area of design it is situated in. Prototypes may be: based on work integrated learning or research integrated learning opportunities; projects that involve external stakeholders; group / collaborative projects; speculative design projects; professionally oriented projects; theoretical explorations.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Recognise the importance of research-based scholarship within the area of visual communication design.

2. Display an awareness of the current research trends specific to their individual research area.

3. Demonstrate informed and independent decision-making in the development of their research driven design project.

4. Develop an adequate depth of visual, analytical and communication skills necessary for completion of a research driven design project.

5. Develop a research driven design project from concept through to rough / prototype standard.


Topics may include

  1. Defining research topics.
  2. Critical, interpretative, and imaginative review of visual and written material.
  3. Visual, oral and written communication skills.
  4. Project management skills.
  5. Work Integrated Learning / Research Integrated Learning
  6. Advanced practical and theoretical skills.
  7. Consideration of ethical, legal and sustainable practices.
  8. OH&S.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) (Honours) program.

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline

Assessment items

Project: Project/s - individual, pair, or group

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term