CCI102 Material and Spatial Practice (8)

This subject imparts directed theoretical and practical knowledge of the elementary principles and theories of two-dimensional design. The major emphasis of the subject is on studio-based spatial and material design processes and the primary critical importance of design practice as it relates to all visual disciplines. Students will be introduced to, and begin to develop an understanding of, the dynamic application of the abstract visual language of design and the formal and conceptual structure of design that is determined by human perceptions shaped by psychological, physiological and biological functions. Close consideration is given to design conventions by selectively engaging analog and digital technologies, framed within the social, political, economic and technological contexts that shape design needs and the changing patterns of communication in the contemporary world.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed subject VPA101.

Subject Relationships

VPA101 VPA101 Fundamentals of Design made obsolete by this subject.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply the basic principles and theories of design via directed applied design processes;
  • be able to undertake basic visual research, design development and iteration via a range of design processes and contexts;
  • be able to identify via a range of contexts the value of a developing individual aesthetic and adaptable approach to design;
  • be able to assign interrelated aspects of visual design to a range of discipline specific visual communication contexts;
  • be able to analyse and selectively engage analogue and/or digital tools as appropriate to particular design tasks; and
  • be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the underlying factors that have shaped changing conventions and developments in design.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Design process - concept, research, content and iteration
  • Form and Function - the role of the designer
  • Visual structure - the dynamics of complex proportional relationships of contrasting elements in 2D spatial design organization
  • Gestalt principles of visual communication - coherence of visual weight
  • Spatial relationships - pictorial and spatial dynamics
  • Colour theory - additive and subtractive colour operation and contextual application in analogue and digital spatial and material applications
  • The design filed - conventions and developments


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.