Design involves the planning and production of visual and tactile communication. It deals with the communication of messages and information to specific audiences for specific purposes.
The Design course has its own set of theories and practices and incorporates a wide range of principles, methods and techniques drawn from a variety of different disciplines, such as psychology, communication, digital design, technical graphics, art, engineering, architecture, sociology, cultural studies, marketing and economics. The disciplined application of these elements forms a design process that guides the development of creative and functionally effective solutions to identified possibilities or problems. There are three available contexts: Graphic Design, Photography and Dimensional.
The goals of the Design ATAR course are to facilitate a deeper understanding of how design works, and how ideas, beliefs, values, attitudes, messages and information are effectively communicated to specific audiences with specific intentions or purposes via visual media forms. This course aims to achieve these goals by exposing students to a variety of communication forms and a thorough exploration of design.
Design projects allow students to demonstrate their skills and understandings of design principles and processes, to analyse problems and possibilities, and to devise innovative strategies within design contexts. There is potential for students to develop transferable skills and vocational competencies while devising innovative designs.
In this course, students develop a competitive edge for current and future industry and employment markets. This course also emphasises the scope of design in professional and trade-based industries allowing students to maximise vocational and/or university pathways.
Note: Students may choose only one Design course, either the Photography, Graphic or Dimensional context.