Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on a wide range of publishing techniques related to architectural and design publications. The design and production of image and text are investigated through traditional and contemporary electronic techniques, in part by case study of selected examples of the international architectural and design press. An introduction to the potential of desktop publishing tools and their application forms the core of the unit. Typography, graphic design and print production techniques are introduced at a conceptual level and implemented through live projects. The unit raises the student's level of visual literacy in print and graphic design.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an increased level of visual literacy in print and graphic design; (2) understand and apply the potential of desktop publishing techniques in the design and production of image and text; (3) have an understanding and appreciation of motion graphics (time-based media) and the design of interactive screen presentations using image, text and sound; (4) gain knowledge of key industry standard desktop publishing and pre-press software; and (5) gain an appreciation of micro-typography, typographic design and digital font foundries.


This comprises a portfolio of work—presented on CD for screen viewing together with a printed booklet.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kate Hislop
Contact hours
36 (lectures/seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.