DESI212-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Graphic Design 2B

45 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


Students will continue the development of technical competence in, and broad operational of, theoretical knowledge within the specialised studio discipline. Projects relating to the conventions and techniques of Graphic Design practice, participation in group meetings, critiques, reading groups and critical reflections, documentation of all work.

The DESI212 course will be divided into two distinct studio projects that span term one and two respectively. Each project will build upon the general knowledge students acquired in the prerequisite FINA103 course, and lead to a more specialised practical, critical and theoretical understanding of their chosen discipline within the fine arts paradigm. Project outputs and accompanying documentation of all work undertaken within the studio will be expected to evidence an applied understanding of this specialised knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass DESI212 will have a more advanced understanding of the methodologies and technologies that define the medium of graphic design, including:

1. A solid understanding of the methodologies and technologies that define the medium of graphic design,
2. An operational awareness of different mediums and conventions of mechanical reproduction in relation to graphic design,
3. A broad understanding of the importance of research in developing a critically engaged and self-sustaining artistic practice,
4. Understand how to conduct and interpret secondary research for the purposes of completing project-based work and critical reflection assignments,
5. How to develop practice-based projects within the context of both prescribed and self-defined briefs,
6. A basic understanding of precedents—both historical and contemporary—for graphic designers engaging in practitioner-initiated, speculative and critical practices.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


DESI211, or
subject to approval of the Head of the School of Fine Arts. Entry to this course is limited.

Course Coordinator

Robin Neate

Contact Person

Aaron Beehre

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,749.00

International fee $13,463.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 12

For further information see Humanities .

All DESI212 Occurrences

  • DESI212-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023