Communication design is a rapidly evolving discipline; and a core component to our information rich environments. As print, screen and interactive media converge designers must be savvy practitioners who can work across a multitude of communication platforms. They must also be constantly alert of new and emerging technologies and modes of communication, and have the confidence to adapt and adopt as our world changes around us.
From traditional print to digital media and motion graphics, new communication designers work with typography, images, colour, space, sound and spatial frameworks. They engage in innovative creative practice across a broad range of communication processes, from printed posters, books and digital publications, to interactive information design and 3D animation.
The Communication Design degree at Monash has been developed to enable graduates to become independent, enquiring and responsible designers across a range of platforms of production. At Monash they develop skills in visual communication, multimedia and motion graphics; and a rich understanding of the cultural significance their work contributes to the visual language of contemporary societies.
Students graduate with an industry-relevant qualification and an extensive folio showcasing their complex skills and conceptual maturity across a variety of media and communication platforms. The communication design industries lead change and developments in communication environments and processes. They now expect (and need) our graduates to be skilled across multiple media and ways of thinking. The changing face of magazines illustrates this need for multi-skilled designers perfectly. As print magazines move online, graphic designers must incorporate interactivity and motion graphics into their layouts, illustrations and advertisements. Conversely digital designers must now understand the role of traditional design disciplines, such as branding, typography and illustration, as such areas become more prominent in the digital space.