No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2016

VPA102 Fundamentals of Design 2 (8)


This subject is sequential and augments the framework of the fundamental principles, theories and design developments established in VPA101. The multifaceted processes of the design solution, conceptual development, material applications and technical means are applied to specific design practices. The perceptual dynamics of colour, symbolic language, and visual metaphors encourages the conceptual analyses of design solutions and broadens the designers skills and attitudes in multiple contexts.

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Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details prior to contacting their course coordinator: VPA102
Where differences exist between the handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sesssionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

not available to students who have successfully completed GRP102 or SLV103

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- understand the importance of and apply the interrelated aspects of concept, techniques and processes to the design solution
- demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the knowledge of design principles and the application to specific practices
- understand the theories of colour and design
- analyse the perceptual use of colour, symbols and visual
metaphors, and employ these in multiple design contexts
implement and extend individual visual communication skills within the specific design practice


The subject will cover the following topics:
- aspects of concept, techniques and processes in the design solution. - material applications, techniques and methods of production - integration of design methods and conceptual approaches to a design solution within the context of a specific design practice - colour theory - characteristics, properties, mixing systems, visual perception - psychology of colour - emotional response, symbolism and communication - visual communication - recognition and associations of symbols and metaphors - design presentation methods and approaches

Residential School

This subject contains a optional 0 day residential school.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.