GRP117 Graphic Design Theory, Context and Practice (8)

This subject will explore the relationship between image and text in the context of historical design movements. Students will analyse work produced by selected design movements to identify the visual principles and theories these movements utilised. The knowledge gained will then be applied to a variety of design projects where students will be expected to employ a range of graphic solutions.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GRP117. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have an understanding of the historical context of graphic design and be able to identify aspects of selected design movements
  • be able to analyse historical examples of design and identify principles and theories that influenced their production
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of these principles and theories by applying them to a number of design briefs
  • be able to demonstrate a research and design process aimed at solving visual and conceptual design challenges
  • be able to apply digital and hand crafted design skills to a number of design briefs
  • be able to present and critique work within an established framework


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical design movements: Art Nouveau, Constructivism/Bauhaus, Rationalist/Swiss, Pop and Punk, 80ís digital
  • Visual literacy in context: design principles and theories
  • Relationship between image and text in graphic design, and its application
  • Problem solving for two dimensional designs
  • Integration of digital and hand crafted design skills
  • Research and creative process methods and techniques
  • Critiquing and presentation techniques


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.