This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design complex publication layouts by combining creative design skills with technical software proficiency.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - analyse layout requirements in briefs and other information sources; - develop and present layout concepts; - create original designs for the layout of at least two publications; - use an extended range of tools and features of relevant software with a high level of technical proficiency; - integrate technical and creative processes to produce outcomes that meet design objectives, and; - evaluate the effectiveness of layouts. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - explain common features and formats of different types of publications; - identify sources of information for developing ideas about different layout options; - explain interrelationships between different visual design components within a complex layout; - identify the current range of software programs available to graphic designers and explain the opportunities and constraints of their application to different technologies; - identify different graphic file formats and explain how and why these are used in different contexts; - explain technical requirements for the manipulation and formatting of visual components and file types; - discuss file management protocols and procedures for a range of publications, both print and web-based, and; - explain key safety requirements for the use of computer and keyboard.

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