Visual Communication and Design Units 1 and 2


In this subject, you learn to recognise the function of visual communication and design and the role of the designer in a variety of contexts. From there you build on the foundation skills required to show observational and visualisation ideas and explore a variety of drawing methods.

Who is it for?

Visual Communication Design is for students who are innovative and curious learners. Students should enjoy challenges and be prepared for their skills, ideas and strategies to evolve, as this will enable you to develop a range of visual solutions to design problems and utilise the design process. Over the course of the year, you will have flexibility in topic choices while designing with the environment in mind.

What do you do?

You begin the online course by learning about technical drawing that complies with the Australian Standards convention to enable you to understand the strict guidelines when drawing manually or digitally. Following this folio, the work draws on the design elements and design principles to encourage the practice of diverse methods and applications in visual communications. Inspired by contemporary issues surrounding sustainability, recycling and the environment, you will initiate folio work, from concept to final product design.

What skills do you need?

You should have manual and digital skills appropriate for this level of study that will assist you to produce observational drawings from life, and visualisation of ideas from your imagination. When writing about visual communications and design in this subject, you will need to be able to describe, reflect and analyse research into design and designers.

What skills do you develop?

The study will provide you with the opportunity to complete different types of drawing methods using a diverse range of manual and digital media. During the course of the year, the learning shifts from building on skills towards the design practice and trialling of dynamic design options. You will also develop your ability to work independently and purposefully on the set tasks, and improve your communication skills.




You will require access to a scanner, computer, internet, software and hardware.You will also need a range of technical drawing equipment, drawing media, materials and presentation folios such as:

  • ruler
  • set squares [30° /60° & 45°]
  • T-square & drawing board or drafting board
  • templates [circle, ellipse], curves [flexible curves, snail curves, French curves]
  • protractor
  • compass [preferably with pencil & pen attachment]
  • lead pencils [hard series 9H – 2H], and/or mechanical [micro pencils]
  • technical and /or fineliner pens [range including: 0.25mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm]
  • coloured pencils [at least pack of 24]
  • set of water-based markers or selection of individual colours
  • vinyl eraser for technical drawing
  • kneadable rubber
  • cartridge paper of sketchbook
  • A:2 or A3 plastic slip folder [presentation folder]
  • A:3 bleedproof and/or fineliner paper
  • a container [tool box].

Things to think about

Visual Communication Design can be quite costly. It is important to consider how you might obtain access to the practical equipment and materials for technical drawing, and computer programs.
You are responsible for uploading your work using the online submission tools, and posting all folios to the Virtual School Victoria.

Things you can do now

The best way to prepare for the study is to purchase and/or organise the practical technical drawing equipment, materials and media. This also includes at least an A: 3 size scanner, printer, unlimited internet access and design programs for drawing and rendering.

Refer to the VCAA website for information on this subject:

Read through Technical Drawing Specifications Resource:



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