SAC ONE

The main purpose of this unit is to enable students to develop an understanding of visual communication production through the application of the design process to satisfy specific communication needs. Within the unit, students consider existing visual communication and analyse and evaluate examples. Students will also investigate the production of visual communications in a professional setting and examine the nature of professional practice in the design and production of visual communications.

On completion of this unit the student should be able to apply the design process to produce a final
visual communication presentation that satisfies a specified communication need.

http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vce/studies/visualcomm/vcommindex.html

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PLANNING AND PREPERATION

  Download the following documents to assist you in preparing for 2012

  • 2012 Criteria Sheet > .PDF
    Refer to this years criteria sheet for SAC 1 – this may assist you with your ideas
  • 2012 Timeline > .PDF
    Refer to this years timeline – this will assist in planning and preparing for 2012
  • Top Designs Presentation > .PDF
    In 2011, Vis. Comm students attended a Top Design presentation. This document was provided by one of the speakers, and outlines all the requirements for Unit 3 & 4.
  • Unit 3 Checklist > .PDF
    This document briefly describes the essential components that are required in the Unit 3 SAC.


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WEEK ONE – THE COMMUNICATION NEED

  The first, and arguably the most important part of SAC ONE is the COMMUNICATION NEED. You need to produce a communication need that defines the focus of a final presentation;

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WEEK ONE to THREE – RESEARCH

  Research provides a window to essential information about important aspects of the brief, such as the audience and relevant historical background to the task.

—Gathering inspirational material is also an important function of research. Be open-minded and aware that inspirational material is all around you and may capture your interest and creativity at any time.
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Annotations:

  • —Annotation appears throughout the folio and expresses a clear grasp of both the communication need and the purpose of each design concept.
  • —Annotation can be brief but must be succinct and reflect a comprehension of appropriate design terminology.
  • —Its helpful to think of annotation as the narration of your design process.
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WEEK THREE to SIX – INITIATING IDEAS

  Conceptual pages or collages can be a useful tool in generating deisgn concepts. Sometimes referred to as a mood board or a look-and-feel page, these collections of images can provide a clearer notion of the task or to illustrate specifics such as audience characteristics.

OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING:
You are expected to include observational drawing in your Unit 3 folio. Observational drawing within an environment assists in recognizing and representing form, relationships, scale and proportion.
Observational drawings can be in color or black & white, and in any medium you feel best displays the qualities of the drawing. They are usually fully rendered and indicate a clear understanding of tonal variations, light and shadow, as well as surface textures.
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WEEK 7 (Term 1) to WEEK 2 (Term 2)- DEVELOPING IDEAS

  In developing your most viable design concepts, you will undertake a series of trials and tests to ascertain the most effective combination of elements, principles, materials, methods and media. Development of your ideas will also lead to establishing the most effective final presentation format.In this phase, you should show experimentation with:

  • all design elements and principles
  • a range of media
  • a range of materials
  • 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional drawing methods
  • layout and design alternatives for your final presentation.


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WEEK 1 to WEEK 6 (Term 2)- REFINING IDEAS

 
The development stage helped u ascertain the type and quantity of ingredients. The purpose of experimenting with your concepts is to find the best possible solution to the origional design problem as outlined in the brief – to get the mix just right. By following this process you will be able to make an informed choice.AS you become more certain of the suitability of a particular design concept, you should begin to refine it. In refining the design concept you will focus on the best possible design solution, ensuring that it fits with the requirements of the design brief.
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WEEK 4 to WEEK 11 (Term 2)- FINAL PRESENTATION

  The production of the final design concept will be determined by the design brief, and its appearance and presentation is the result of the progression of the concept through the generation, development & refinement stages.
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