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Graphic design has a major impact on our visual culture and environment. Through the generation of ideas that are then expressed in creative and interesting ways, it communicates a message and evokes a response, giving impact, style and clarity to visual communications in commercial and social applications, advertising and education.
Students studying Graphic Design, a professional major in Visual Communication Design in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, expand their knowledge in areas of editorial design, identity, information and exhibition design, advertising, publishing, packaging, interactive and new media design. They engage with real-life design tasks and lecturers are designers with strong links to the industry.
Major Design Studio 1 (GRAP 1020)
Developing a design practice using a wide variety of processes, materials, purposes and experiences in the resolution of a design brief. More details (timetables, unit value and learning resources)
Graphic Design Studio 2 (GRAP 2007)
This course will enhance the technical and conceptual skills developed in first year studies. The result will be the production of finished projects set to a variety of briefs. More details (timetables, unit value and learning resources)
Graphic Design Studio 3 (GRAP 2008)
A variety of industry based applications of visual communication design will be explored. Research and analysis into legibility of text and type in visual communication contexts. More details (timetables, unit value and learning resources)
Major Design Studio 4 (GRAP 3006)
Methods of graphic, typographic and idea generation using imagery; use of computers and desktop publishing software, techniques of analysis and response to client briefs; analysis and research into effective typographic communication; analysis and research into legibility and readability for both printed material and electronic media. Applications covered include: directional and information signage as it applies to retail, industrial, institutional and public places; diagrammatic representation of directional and information graphics. More details (timetables, unit value and learning resources)
Professional Studio and Practice (GRAP 3007)
Methods of designing a range of items of identity, methods of manipulating text and image. Use of computers and desktop publishing software, techniques of analysis and response to client briefs, taking design to production. Analysis and research into effective typographic communication. Analysis and research into legibility and readability for both printed material and electronic media. More details (timetables, unit value and learning resources)
Studio Head: Stuart Gluth
Design Foundation Studio/Major Design Studio 1
Course coordinator: Stuart Gluth; Sessional staff: Tanya Innocente, Susan Ninham, Julie Pieda, Luci Giannattilio
Graphic Design Studio 2, 3
Course coordinator: Stuart Gluth; Sessional staff: Rose Buckland, Aaron Dunn, Pat Portaro, Cherise Conrick
Major Design Studio 4
Professional Studio and Practice
Design Institute of Australia 2008 Student Design Awards
Bachelor of Visual Communication graduate Dan Withey was awarded first prize in the national Design Institute of Australia 2008 Student Design Awards for his illustration work 'Pollution Denial'. More about Dan Withey
Australian Academy of Design National Portrait Prize
Visual Communication student Emma Codrington won the Australian Academy of Design's National Portrait Prize for 2008.
2007 Southern Cross Package Design Awards Winners
Visual communication students had great success in the 2007 Southern Cross Package Design Awards. Honours student Shane Keane won a Gold Award for his entry in the Beverage Wrap Design Brief and also picked up a Silver Award in the Environmental Design category. Third year student Tom Crosby won a Gold Award in the Australian Paper Category. Kelly Smith and Ryan Smith from Honours received Commendations for their designs in the Beverage Wrap category. The awards attracted over 340 entries from around Australia.
Take Flight is the 2006 graduation showcase of graphic design and illustration design.
pencils down is an exhibition of work by 15 Visual Communication Honours students graduating in 2006.
Veronika Kelly and Doreen Donovan from the South Australian School of Art collaborated with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hanover, for Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) students to participate in an international online design project based on the theme Them and Us in 2005. View the results (under gallery > kurs 02 > australia)
Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) (Honours) students in the Vis Com Consultancy were presented with three awards at the 6th annual Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Awards 2005.
- Clare Oaks was given an Award of Merit for her logo design for the Gordon F Smith Peace Trust.
- Alison Rodda and Helen Poynter, designers of the South Australian School of Art brochure which was given a High Commendation by the judges.
- Anna Rogers and Samantha Szocinski were also awarded a High Commendation for the UniSA Architecture Museum Brochure.
AGIdeas International Design Week
AGIdeas is held annually. The aim of AGIdeas is 'to inspire excellence by presenting the insights and experiences from some of the world's leaders, those who have pushed the boundaries of design and established a benchmark to which designers must strive.' UniSA Visual Communications students have a history of success in this competition. View the ideas that won the awards
AGIdeas 2007 prizewinners
Lars Wannop won the Fabrica Prize and came 2nd in the Colley Prize. James Emmett came 3rd in the Colley Prize.
AGIdeas 2006 prizewinners
There were 14 UniSA finalists from the overall 35 finalists. Scott Heinrich, a graduate in Visual Communication, won the Fabrica prize. He also came 2nd in The Collie Trust Award. Georgia Perry, a Visual Communications Honours student, won the Ken Cato Award (for Multimedia).
AGIdeas 2005 prizewinners
In association with the 15th AGIdeas international student design conference, AGIdeas offered three travelling scholarships and Bachelor of Visual Communication students Scott Heinrich (Honours) and Katrina Filippone (3rd year) won two of these awards.
AGIdeas 2004 prizewinners
At the AGIdeas (Alliance Grafique Internationale) International Design Conference, for the 5th successive year UniSA students won major awards. Yianni Hill was awarded two awards, the Collie Trust Award and the Fabrica Scholarship to Italy. Hanne Eriksen from Norway, an international student, was the runner up in the Collie Award with a further 8 of our students in the 25 shortlisted entries.
AGIdeas 2003 Prizewinners Seven Network Award for Interactive Media
1st prize - Yianni Hill; Honours 2nd - Luke Golding; Honours 3rd - Nick Lewis. Honours Collie Trust for 2D or 3D: 2nd - Tom Drewer, 3rd year; 3rd - Johanna Hallgren, 3rd year (International student).