Visual design

In the stage 5 elective subject of visual design, students gain an understanding of the design world through the areas of print, object and space-time design in art making, critical and historical studies, the conceptual framework and the frames.

Further information and teaching support is available on visual design resources and the NSW 7-10 visual design syllabus.

Knowledge and skills creative arts - KASCA visual design framework

The KASCA visual design framework breaks down the core components of practice, conceptual framework and the frames into a series of lesson sequences. All lesson sequences come with ready-to-use differentiated learning and teaching resources and are available here and an e-book (PDF 5.02 MB) that can be downloaded to your smart device.

Lesson sequences

1 Anatomy of type

Through the contexts of designer - design - world - audience, students explore a range of graphic media practices.

2 Ampersand - the 27th letter

By examining historical conventions for the use of the ampersand, students will investigate whether it is possible to create a new 27th letter by using the rules of type anatomy.

3 Ligatures

Students will explore and investigate the historical convention of conjoining more than one letter to make their own ligature for their use in typographic designs.

4 Graffiti type and symbols

Students will investigate how symbols and codes are used by communities as information systems.

5 Emojis

Students will use analog and digital technologies including, drawing, illustration, 3D construction and digital manipulations to create an emoji.

6 Illuminated manuscripts

Students will study the history and development of the illuminated manuscript.

7 Illustration and text

By studying the work of Australian designer Gemma O’Brien, students will gain knowledge and experience in personalising typography.

8 Grids, rules, roles and zines

Students will be introduced to three different grid systems created to enhance graphic design work.

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