Courses & Units

Visualising Design KDA144


In this unit you will be introduced to a range of visual tools and techniques for conceptualising and communicating complex relationships and generating new insights through design. Through a combination of interactive, self-directed learning activities and practical exercises, you will develop skills in a range of digital and analogue visual analysis and communication techniques. These techniques, including diagramming, sketching, mapping and visual storytelling, are central to the design disciplines and transferable across a variety of contexts. A major output of the unit is a design portfolio demonstrating critical evaluation and application of design visualisation techniques for specified contexts. In the final task you will explore design visualisation techniques related to a topic of your choice.


Unit name Visualising Design
Unit code KDA144
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Associate Professor Ceridwen Owen
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe visual techniques used in design disciplines for conceptualising and communicating ideas and information.
  • Employ research, observation, and critical thinking in the interpretation and analysis of relationships.
  • Apply design visualisation techniques to illustrate relationships.
  • Identify and adopt design communication strategies to clearly convey ideas and engage relevant audiences.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
100501 $1,002.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,445.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

Off-campus - 12 x weekly online content and activities (1-2 hours per week); On-campus 12 x weekly 3 hour workshops.

AssessmentData Visualisation (30%)|Design Portfolio (40%)|Design Narrative (30%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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