Graphic Design: Design and Layout


Learn the basics of design and layout with contemporary graphic approaches and apply them to design project briefs. Fundamental principles of visual composition, layout development & design process will be covered with reference to international and local references, and also the students own practice. Tests and initial layout ideas will be developed through to finished products during these sessions. Projects may include items such as page layout, business identity stationery and promotional materials, personal logos, newsletters or posters. 

Course content


  • Interpreting a design brief and use of information
  • Specifications, parameters or constraints
  • Source and evaluate researched information and material
  • Develop a range of approaches and solutions
  • Produce visual representations and finished designs
  • Presentation of work


  • Terminology
  • Mock-ups, thumbnails and visual concepts
  • Idea generation and problem solving
  • Elements and principles of design
  • Positive and Negative space
  • Proximity and Alignment
  • Contrast and Hierarchy
  • Projects

Ideal for

This is a course designed for people who wish to learn more about graphic communication through type and layout, or for those who work in an area where typography and layout terminology and awareness may be a useful additional skill. It is also suitable preparation for those wishing to enter or re-enter formal study in this area.

More information


On completion of this course, participants will have developed sound basic knowledge of typography and layout and applied those skills to a range of projects.


Basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

This course is at introductory level but it is useful for participants to have prior knowledge of the software and design principles and elements.

Materials supplied

Basic materials will be supplied.

Materials to bring

  •  A USB drive -  limited colour printing will be provided

A list of basic drawing materials required, will be supplied with the course confirmation or in the first class and will cost about $20.


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation and must attend 80% of sessions.

Additional notes

Shorter and longer projects are completed during the course and students are encouraged to bring in and work on their own projects when practicable.

Students work in both a computer room for practical work and a classroom for developmental work, discussion and lectures.

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Available course dates

Tuesday 09 July 2019

  • Code S320132
  • Start date 09.07.19
  • End date 24.09.19
  • Hours 36
  • Campus Brunswick
  • Fee $715.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Tue 09.07.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 16.07.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 23.07.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 30.07.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 06.08.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 13.08.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 20.08.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 27.08.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 03.09.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 10.09.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 17.09.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Tue 24.09.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00

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