DSGN06122 2019 Digital Media for Design III

General Details

Full Title
Digital Media for Design III
Transcript Title
Digital Media for Design III
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Peter Scanlon, Claire Lorusso, Elaine Regan, Rowan Watson
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_D3INT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 3Interior Architecture and Design

The module allows the learner to develop and convey design ideas using digital design software. Students will develop skills and techniques to refine, edit and manipulate design images through the medium of Photoshop, Illustrator and/or in-Design. The module will explore the transformative nature of analogue conversion. The learner will learn how to recompose basic sketches or diagrams as creative digital expressions of design concepts or 3D interior spatial views inhabited with colour, texture, form, fittings, furniture, light, materiality and people. Also, the module will explore the digital transformation of design photographs of physical scale models, as well as, real world spaces and places.       

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Create and modify advanced imagery within an image-editing programme.


Utilise digital software to convert hand sketches/diagrams/drawings into comprehensive digital graphics.


Create graphic interior compositions using photographs of scale models, real places, furnishings, materials and light.


Compose a 3D digital graphic inhabited with colour, texture, form, fittings, furniture, light, materiality and people.


Create, edit and manipulate ‘text’ and ‘type’ and images using image editing and formatting software.


Create a variety of digital image formats (DPI, PPI, PDF, CMYK and RGB) with different types of Resolution.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Digital Media for Design 1 is taught using a combination of lectures, presentations, practical based tutorials and workshops that are situated in a computer lab environment. Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative and summative continuous assessment modes using a range of techniques which include group and/or individual work.

Assessment is continuous and is undertaken at the conclusion of each block or project. Projects are assessed by the assignment of marks to various project deliverables. The percentages assigned to deliverables may vary between projects.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components.  This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.

Indicative Syllabus

The Digital Media for Design module comprises of five related digital/graphic manipulation elements as follows: 

Fundamental commands in Adobe Photoshop and illustrator/in-Design:

  1. Photoshop tools: Move, marque tool, polygonal lasso tool, magic wand tool, crop, eraser (blend), shapes, pan, line;
  2. Colour management: Paint Bucket, gradient, opacity and fill;
  3. No destructive editing using Mask, Smart objects and filters.

Adobe illustrator vector tools:
Pen tool, Arc, Spiral, paint-brush, reflect, scale, reshape, selection, type tool, colour. Layout and formatting.    

  1. Conversion of hand sketches/diagrams/scale models and real-world images into digital graphic compositions;
  2. The components and terms related to working with typeface, style and fonts;
  3. Digital photography retouching and graphic editing, layout design and formatting;  
  4. Use of formatting software such as In-Design/illustrator; 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 12 weekly in class assessments Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Computer Laboratory 12 Digital study elements 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified independent learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Adamson, G (2018) Thinking through Craft. Bloomsbury Visual Arts. Thames and Hudson Ltd; 2 edition.

Charlotte, P & F (2018) Graphic Design Sourcebook. Goodman-Fiell.

Concepcion, R. (2019). Adobe Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC for Photographers Classroom in a Book (2019 release).  Adobe Press.  ISBN-100135495075 ISBN-139780135495070

Dernie, D. (2014). Architectural drawing (2nd ed.). London, England: Lawrence King Publishing.

Farelly, L. (2007). Representational techniques. London, UK: Ava.

Faulkner, A. & Chavez, C. (2018). Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2019 release).  Adobe Press.  ISBN-100135495075-139780135495070.

Johnston, L (2017) Digital Handmade: Craftsmanship in the New Industrial Revolution.

McMorrough, J (2015) Drawing for Architects: How to Explore Concepts, Define Elements, and Create Effective Built Design through Illustration. Rockport Publishers.

Plunkett, D. (2009) Drawing For Interior Design Publisher: Laurence King (ebook).