Course

Principles and Elements of Design


Course code DD1

The course introduces students to the principles of design, including Balance, Rhythm, Emphasis, Proportion and Scale. Students investigate the Elements of Design; Space, Line, Form, Texture, Light and Colour and their applicability to design situations. Students then apply their understanding of the Principles and Elements to a design brief.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 4  
    Credits 10 
  • Study type Open  
    EFTS 0.0833  
  • Availability
    2018 :  
    This course will start on the first Monday of the month you select for enrolment.
  • Delivery type
    2018 :  
    Print only
  • Workload

    All our open courses have a credit value. For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates.

  • Fees
    2018 :  
    NZ students $299 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $900 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

What you need to know about this course

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Identify, analyse and produce reports explaining how the principles and elements of design have been applied to the exterior of a building
  • Identify, analyse and produce reports on how the principles and elements of design have been applied to the interior of a building, their appropriateness and suggestions for improvement

Course content includes

  • Principles of Design
  • Balance, Symmetrical, Asymmetrical and Radial
  • Rhythm, Emphasis, Proportion and Scale
  • Elements of Design
  • Space
  • Lines, straight, vertical, horizontal, diagonal, broken and curved
  • Form, square, rectangular, triangular and circular
  • Texture, rough and smooth
  • Light and colour

Assessment

  • This course is 100% internally assessed