Course Title: Produce digital images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: VART6245C

Course Title: Produce digital images

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

David Van Royen

Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

  • In this course you will explore skills and knowledge required to produce digital images through the exploration and application of a range of techniques, tools, equipment and materials.

People who produce digital images in any context may apply the skills and knowledge outlined in this course. They are still developing their expertise with digital imagery and could be producing photo images or digital art.

At this level, work is usually undertaken under supervision, though some autonomy and judgement can be expected within established parameters.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDIG301A Produce digital images


1. Plan digital imaging work through exploration

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore ideas and techniques for digital imagery in consultation with key people as required
1.2 Review historical and contemporary digital imaging practice as a potential source of ideas
1.3 Clarify ideas for digital imaging based on exploration and discussion
1.4 Assess the capabilities of digital imaging techniques through practice and adaptation
1.5 Select techniques that best support the ideas for the work


2. Prepare, maintain and store digital imaging resources

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select and organise digital imaging tools, equipment and materials suited to the chosen work
2.2 Prepare and maintain resources based on the needs of the work
2.3 Take responsibility for the safe and sustainable use of resources
2.4 Store resources according to the needs of different items


3. Create finished digital images

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Safely use and adapt digital imaging techniques to create desired effects
3.2 Review work in progress and make adjustments as required to produce final work
3.3 Add value to the current work process and future work by documenting the work progress
3.4 Liaise with others to obtain feedback on work in terms of its technical proficiency and success in communicating ideas

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have completed digital art projects that will contribute to a portfolio of evidence.

Evidence of the ability to:

  • produce multiple digital images or a single major work that shows some technical proficiency in chosen techniques
  • work with ideas and techniques and bring them together in finished work
  • adapt the capabilities of digital imaging techniques and resources.    


Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:

1. In-class activities:

  • lectures
  • teacher directed studio activities/projects
  • studio exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • practical exercises
  • reading articles and excerpts
  • preparing for discussion
  • project work
  • independent research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research.

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass Content                                              TaskElements
1Introduction to course:
- Learning outcomes
- Assessment criteria
- Course requirements
- Camera tutorial
- Borrow a camera
- identify parts and safely operate camera
- Maintain and prepare photographic equipment
- Introduction to aperture, shutter speed and ASA.

Introduce Project 1:
Understanding Exposures:
‘Drawing with light’

To capture 6 photo images which show an understanding of exposures that reflect a conceptual development on the theme of “Land and Place”, using techniques of long exposures, drawing with light and light painting. The creation of images and the conceptual development of the images are to be documented in your Visual Diary and test prints are to be collected and displayed in your Photography Journal. Digital skills will be employed to produce a body of photographic images.
2Using a digital camera
Tools and techniques
How to compose a photo
Uploading and processing digital images using a computer
1. Compose photographs
2. Introduction to exposure
3. RAW files
4. Introduction to editing features in Photoshop
3Basic Photoshop Tutorial, bring ideas and images to classPresent 6 photographic images reflecting the theme of “Land and
Place”, using one of the following options:

1. A place that is important to you (a house, a park or beach, or a social location)
2. An environmental or social issue (such as pollution, recycling
3. Story-telling (you could recreate a well-known story, or refer to a mythological story).

4Bring final images to class for project 1.Images for review. Upload/scan images. Individual tutorials 3
5Introduction to project 2
Project 2: Understanding Depth of Field: ‘Still Life’
- Learning outcomes
- Assessment criteria
- Course requirements
To capture 6 photo images, which show an understanding of depth of field and composition that reflect a conceptual development on the theme of “ identity”, using Still Life images. The creation of images and the conceptual development of the images are to be documented in your Visual Diary and test prints are to be collected and displayed in your Photography Journal. Digital skills will be employed to produce a body of photographic images.2/3
6Basic Lighting Tutorial, bring ideas and 1st draft of images to classPresent 3 photographic images reflecting the theme of “Identity”, using one of the two following options:
1. Photograph objects or a group of objects, which reflect your own identity
2. Photograph objects or a group of objects, which reflect someone else’s character or personality
7Create digital photographs. Upload and process THREE digital images using industry hardware and software to deliver a designated
quality of image outcome.
8Preview and experiment with image capture. Download digital images and sort images. 3
9Bring final images to class for project 2. 3
10Submit Projects on digital folder and present projects in class 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be required to have your materials purchased prior to the commencement of the project. Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment.

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.

 On completion of this course you will be able to:

  •  Inform work through experimentation with digital imaging techniques
  •  Develop and refine a conceptual vision for digital images
  •  Determine and organise resource requirements for new work
  •  Realise digital images.

Assessment Tasks

W1. Project 1: Understanding exposures: ’Drawing with light’.

2. Project 2: Understanding depth of field: ’Still Life’.

3. Digital Folio/Digital Folders

4. Visual Diary

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix is available from the Program Co-ordinator.

Other Information

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

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