Design Courses (2)

Design courses

UC SSC Lake Ginninderra Design classes have seen students winning many design awards. The course  offers students two design areas to study: Design and Graphics, Design and Emerging Technologies.  All units involve the use of CAD (Computer aided Drawing).

Classes have the opportunity of joining with university Design classes (e.g., projects like chair or street furniture design), sharing teaching and learning experiences. This gives our students direct experience of university life and the potential benefit in studying design at UC after College.

Both courses provide pathways in a range of related fields such as architecture, digital 3D modelling, industrial design, engineering, interior design, graphic design, furniture design, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, and trade-based careers.

Design competitions in which our students have taken out major prizes include:

  • UC Deans Design competition, 2015-16
  • RAIA Garema Place Design Ideas competition, 2015
  • UOW folio competition, 2015-16 Software used in the Design course: Autodesk Revit, Rhinoceros, Google SketchUp and Adobe Photoshop. Hardware recently acquired for use by Design students includes two 3D printers, a 3D Router and a virtual reality headset.

Design and Graphics A/T 

The study of Design and Graphics focusses on exploring the purposeful use of technologies and creative processes to produce design solutions. Students acquire knowledge and develop skills using technologies and other processes appropriately, to design and create graphic solutions.

Design Applications

In this unit, students learn graphic design principles which focus on solving design problems, presenting ideas and solutions as graphical products. They explore a range of mediums to create practical solutions to design problems. The purpose of this unit is to build skills and create a finished product for a specified purpose.

Design for a Client Brief 

In this unit, students learn how to interpret a design brief based on needs analysis and task identification. They research the client’s and target users/audience needs considering ethical considerations, financial constraints and affordances, meeting deadlines and deliver a product that is fit for purpose.

Visual Communication

Students learn to use graphics to inspire, inform or persuade a target audience using a range of graphical techniques. Drawing on current issues in society, students create a visual campaign in response to a design brief. They learn to create graphic images using colours, textures, contours and shapes to communicate emotions, attitudes and experiences.

Design for Screen & Media

In this unit, students learn to develop designs for a range of platforms including social media, video sharing, digital newspapers and mobile platforms. They use research to understand how the relevant technology can be used to meet the requirements of the given brief. Students develop skills to solve problems in converting products across multiple platforms. Students build knowledge of data conversion, data storage and data manipulation. They create media files, drawing on the technical aspects of design within a digital framework.

Negotiated Study

Available for qualified students who have completed at least two units.

Design and Emerging Technologies  A/T

The study of Design and Emerging Technologies focusses on exploring the purposeful use of technologies and creative processes to produce design solutions. Students acquire knowledge and develop skills using technologies and other processes appropriately, to design and create new industrial design solutions.

Design Processes

This unit gives students the opportunity to apply a staged design process to develop design solutions. They will apply design thinking in a focus area such as creating products, systems or environments. Student skills and understanding are developed by using the design process to define needs or opportunities, collect information, develop ideas, analyse, plan, produce and evaluate final solutions.

Product Design

Designers play a vital role in shaping the way we live through the design of the products that surround us. This unit gives students the opportunity to develop a user centred product while considering the social, ethical and environmental responsibilities of designers. It provides opportunities for creative thinking, the development of technical knowledge and understanding design opportunities that are brought about by technological change.

Design  for Manufacturing

Design for manufacture explores the way in which design solutions are produced using existing and emerging technologies. The focus of this unit is on production processes, prototyping, manufacturing, economy of scale, material properties and emerging technologies. This unit offers students the opportunity to design, make and evaluate design solutions using a range of materials, technologies and production processes.

Innovation & Design

Authentic innovation in design can be achieved by combining process thinking with new ideas and existing and emerging technology. This unit offers students the opportunity to explore an area of futuristic design concepts within the focus areas of systems, product or environment design. Students will use their understanding of: design process; technical knowledge; social, ethical and environmental responsibilities to create, test and evaluate this design solution.

Negotiated Study

Available for qualified students who have completed at least two units.