In DVC, students learn primarily about three-dimensional design, develop their practice of designing, and develop their design thinking in the context of spatial (architectural) and product (industrial) design.
Learning in DVC focuses on the inter-related fields of design thinking, design heritage, and visual communication.
Design is the imagining and creative thinking of novel, new and beneficial ideas, resolving problems to improve the lives of people. Designing is the activity and practice of design.
- Design thinking is the creative and cognitive activities of perception (sensation, observation and awareness), inspiration, imagining, interpretation, generation and synthesis, leading to invention and improvement that informs designing. Design thinking is expressed through visual literacy: the ability to make meaning from images, and to make images that communicate meaning.
- Visual communication is the presenting of the action of design thinking, design narratives, and outcomes, using representation and presentation skills and techniques.
- Design heritage is the history, culture, and awareness of design. The approaches to and perspectives of design practices, design fields (architecture, interior, product, landscape, fashion, media design, etc.), design eras/movements, designers, design artifacts and the elements of design.
DVC focuses on understanding and applying drawing techniques and design practice to communicate design ideas. Students enhance their ability to conceptualise, develop, and communicate design ideas and potential outcomes, and their skill to interpret graphical information.