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BE: Visual Communication (11021.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment


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This unit is designed to equip students with a range of tools for the communication of built environment projects. Students are expected to explore a range of communication techniques including:

- freehand illustration/hand-sketching and its use for analyses and/or explorations
- drafting - the fundamentals of orthographic drawing, three-dimensional projections, technical drawing standards and conventions, collage, and modelling techniques to aid the communication of design ideas
- digital - the use of the computer as a tool to aid communication of design ideas
- model-making - an introduction to various techniques of three-dimensional representation and exploration
- presentation - the ability to present work verbally and clearly articulate project ambitions to a range of audiences, as well as understand the implications of different types of representation in the communication of built environment projects, and
-multimedia communication strategies - the ability to strategically curate and orchestrate different types of representation techniques as a cohesive set of documents.

The representation skills acquired in this unit are fundamental tools for the communication of the design projects developed for core unit BE: Analysis Studio.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Use and develop analog drawing/sketching methods to explore and represent ideas;

2. Use digital drawing tools to represent projects in a built environment context;

3. Apply techniques of model-making as a device for the communication of ideas;

4. Build and present verbally and visually a Communication Strategy as a cohesive and carefully curated set of documents; and

5. Apply and orchestrate different design communication techniques and to position them within a broader disciplinary and historical context.

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Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture on-campus and one 2 hour workshop on-campus per week.





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