Visual communication

The main purpose of Unit 1 is to enable students to develop an
understanding of
instrumental drawing methods and freehand
including drawing from direct observation. The unit
also introduces students to
the diversity of visual
and the role of the design process in visual
communication production.

As well as referring to the Study Design (particularly pages 12-16 and
43-46), have a look at the following web pages

OUTCOME 1 Instrumental drawing

   paraline drawing systems
        - isometric
        - oblique
        - planometric

   orthogonal drawing systems

   manual and/or electronic equipment used to produce

   paraline and orthogonal drawings

   Australian Standards used in orthogonal drawing
        - dimensioning
        - labelling (letterform conventions)

   drawing methods
        - manual drawing and/or
        - electronic drawing

OUTCOME 2 Freehand drawing and rendering

   freehand drawing methods to produce
        - one-point perspective drawings
        - two-point perspective drawings

   a range of media for use in
        - drawing
        - rendering

   rendering techniques to enhance
        - form
        - space
        - light
        - shade
        - shadow
        - texture of materials
        - surface of materials

   freehand drawing
        - to develop judgement of proportion and scale
        - to show the relationship of objects to each other

OUTCOME 3 Design elements and design principles

   a range of design elements applied in the
   development of freehand drawings
        - colour
        - shape
        - line
        - tone
        - texture
        - form
        - letterform
        - point

   a range of design principles applied in the
   development of freehand drawings
        - balance
        - contrast
        - cropping
        - hierarchy
        - figure-ground
        - scale
        - proportion
        - pattern

   design elements and principles used to produce
   visual communications that satisfy a stated purpose

   manual freehand drawings in the exploration and
   application of design elements and principles

   information and communications technology
   applications in the exploration and application of
   design elements and principles

   other methods, where appropriate, of electronic
   image generation such as
        - photography
        - photocopying

OUTCOME 4 Design process

   methods of gathering and organising information
   about the communication need
   methods of generating ideas such as
        - discussion
        - group interaction
        - using existing examples of visual communication

   the purpose of the production of visual
   communication such as
        - the need/s of the client
        - the need/s of the audience/s

   - materials
   - methods
   - media
   - final presentations
   used to make visual communications

   - design elements
   - design principles
   used to make visual communications that
   satisfy the stated purpose

   procedures and techniques for evaluating and
   testing ideas for possible visual communication

   the cyclical nature of the design process
Although care has been taken in preparing the information
contained on these webpages, EDUCATION GRAPHICS does not
and cannot guarantee the accuracy thereof. Teachers and
students should ALWAYS be guided by the Visual
Communication and Design VCE Study Design, and other
relevant material such as the VCAA Bulletin, published by the
Victorial Curriculum and Assessment Authority.