Visual Communication and Design Units 1 and 2


This Unit focuses on using visual language to communicate messages, ideas and concepts. Students learn fundamental technical drawing skills and design knowledge to enable them explore objects, buildings and environments. On completion of the Unit, students should be able to apply different types of technical drawing conventions and effectively communicate information and ideas about design fields. During the course, students will produce observational, visualisation and presentation drawings, and respond to the Design Process in their folio work. In addition, they will have numerous opportunities to engage and reflect on professional designer and contemporary and historical styles.

Who is it for?

Visual Communication Design is for students who intend continuing in this field into Units 3 and Unit 4. The weekly tasks provide accumulative individual key knowledge and key skills that together form the components for folio outcome assessment. Students who undertake this subject should have a keen interest in the design fields, in addition to being receptive to working independently, open to improved practice and adopting teacher feedback.

What do you do?

In Unit 1 students will complete technical drawing tasks that comply with the Australian Standards conventions. In addition, students will practise design applications for communication purposes using manual and digital design technologies.

In Unit 2 students will be using the Design Process to produce sustainable product and packaging design.

Critical to each area of learning is the investigation and writing into appropriate designs and traditional and contemporary designers.

What skills do you need?

Students should have appropriate skills in drawing for this level of study to allow them to produce observational drawings from life, and visualisation ideas from imagination. You also need developed research skills to document information for reflection, inspiration and gaining knowledge.

It is highly recommended that students have experience or are able to access design programs.

What skills do you develop?

The study provides students with the opportunity to complete different types of drawings that incorporate technical drawing conventions, respond to the Design Process in order to solve design briefs, learn to identify and practise using design vocabulary and use appropriate research skills.




You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be completed and submitted online.

Student should have indiscriminate access to the internet, software and hardware, mechanical materials and equipment and drawing media.

Weekly work is uploaded using the submission tools online.

Students are responsible for the postage or hand delivery of folios to Distance Education Centre. Arrangements should be made with the Supervisor, if the student attends school.

Things to think about

Students should have good spatial awareness and the ability to provide visual communications that communicate messages, ideas and concepts to an audience. Students should also have the skills to develop a good command of writing using design vocabulary.

Things you can do now

The most urgent preparation is purchase of the materials, equipment and media. This includes the use of an A3 scanner, printer, design programs and unlimited internet access.

Read through the VCAA Technical Drawing Specifications.

Student check the design section in your local and/or school library.

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.





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