Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: VART6240C

Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4311 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Mills

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kylie Blakely

Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

On successful completion of this course, you will have created a folio that demonstrates the skills and knowledge required to produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas. Ideas for communication are diverse and may include design concepts for objects, processes or spaces, or movement sequences for performances or screen productions. Drawings may be for personal use or for presentation in exhibitions, tender bid proposals or publications. Drawing may be electronic or hand drawn.

At this level, you would take some responsibility for experimentation with a range of drawing techniques and be expected to show some command of those techniques.  

This course is clustered (delivered and assessed) in conjunction with CUVPRP401A Realise a creative project.    

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD301A Produce drawings to communicate ideas


1. Plan drawing work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore drawing requirements with reference to relevant reference material and appropriate people when required
1.2 Identify factors that may impact on how drawing work is undertaken
1.3 Gather information about drawing techniques, materials and equipment from a range of sources and determine how they may be used to communicate ideas
1.4 Evaluate information for its application to specific drawing briefs


2. Experiment to represent ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess the capabilities of techniques, materials and equipment through exploration
2.2 Select approaches that best suit the purpose of drawings and their presentation context
2.3 Follow safety procedures for particular techniques, materials and equipment


3. Create drawings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organise materials, tools and equipment for selected techniques
3.2 Produce preliminary drawings and discuss their effectiveness with relevant people
3.3 Finalise drawings, incorporating feedback on work in progress as required
3.4 Prepare drawings for the presentation context

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have completed


  • A selection of drawings that explore mark making and techniques
  • A selection of drawings that use experimentation with materials and tools
  • Understanding of OH&S processes in a studio environment

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Extended drawing process and the relevant OH&S.
  • Determine and organise resource requirements for new work
  • Develop research and refine a conceptual vision through the production of drawings    

Details of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a studio. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios. You will be expected to make use of the library resources.

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:
• practical exercises
• project work
• independent research

Teaching Schedule

WeekCourse contentTaskElements
1Introduction: Drawing PowerPoint
Shape and line

A folio of work & visual diary that is created during the semester will be presented during week 20
2Rub back –value, tone and tint - still life1-2
3Coloured pastel – Neutral tones/reduced palette- still life1-2
4Linear perspective - Composition and colour–neutral
objects with colour accent- architectural form
5Composition and colour–neutral palette objects with intense colour accent- coloured pastel1-2
6Pattern and texture: Collage, mixed media,colour, tonal, value and opacity1-2
7potted plants -hue, value, temperature and saturation of colour1-2
8Value tone and tint cont’d - ink1-2
9Project: Realise a creative concept “Finding Content”
project 2
10Project resolution:Realise a creative concept1-3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit galleries outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.

Assessment Tasks

1. Task 1: Folio of 6 drawings from the class workshops and one mixed media work from project in week 9-10.
2. Task 2: Visual diary with class notes/studies.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment tasks with the relevant Unit of competency. These are available through the course contract in Program Administration.

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