Design General

What is Design General all about?

Design is the human power to conceive, plan, and realise products that serve human beings in the accomplishment of any individual or collective purpose.’ (Richard Buchanan, Carnegie Mellon University). Design has its own set of theories and practices and incorporates a wide range of principles, methods and techniques drawn from a variety of different disciplines such as psychology, communication studies, digital design, technical graphics, art, engineering, architecture, sociology, cultural studies, marketing and economics. The disciplined application of these elements forms a design process that guides the development of creative and functionally effective solutions to identified possibilities or problems.

In this course you could develop a competitive edge for current and future industry and employment in the design field.


Who should select these units in Year 11?

  • You have an interest in Design.
  • You are interested in having a career in design and photography.
  • You want to use Photography to build a portfolio, to gain entry into a certificate course
  • Previous photography experiences are not necessary, but would be an advantage.



Upon successful completion of these units, students would progress to Unit 3 and Unit 4 Design Photography in year 12.


Areas of Study

UNIT 1 – Design Photography

Focus on design fundamentals

  • Understand the history, traditions, tools and techniques of photography.
  • Understand that design can be used to provide solutions to design problems and communication needs.
  • Develop an understanding of design elements and principles.
  • Develop an understanding of the design process and design practice.
  • Develop an understanding of basic photographic production skills and processes, materials and technologies.

UNIT 2 – Design Photography

Focus on personal design

  • Visually communicate aspects of their personality, values and beliefs.
  • Apply basic photographic production skills and process.
  • Explore design elements and principles in photography projects.
  • Effectively use the design process in photography projects.

To provide for different learning styles a variety of assessment tasks are used. For each course of study tasks are selected from:

  • Analysis of photographs.
  • Written research of photography history, photographers and photography styles.
  • Planning, designing and production of photographs.