Course Title: Produce digital images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

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: visualarts@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rebecca Pohlner rebecca.pohlner@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

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

Element:

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

Element:

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

Element:

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:

  • 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

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Notes – It is beneficial for your outcomes from this course to have all your images on a USB External Hard Drive at every class.


Week 
Class Content                                              TaskElements
1

Introduction to course:

▪       Learning outcomes

▪       Assessment criteria

▪       Course requirements

▪       What is a photograph

▪       Camera tutorial

▪       Borrow a camera

▪       Identify parts and safety operate camera

▪       Maintain and prepare photographic equipment

To capture 6 photo images that display you have an understanding of exposures and assessing lighting conditions that reflect upon a conceptual development and exploration on the theme of “Land and Place”. The skills employed in the making of your images and the conceptual development of the images are to be documented in your Visual Diary. Test prints are to be displayed in your Photography Journal.

Digital skills will be employed to produce a body of photographic images. Your images will be assessed on a level of competent raw processing.    
 
1

2

19th July 

Introduce Project 1: Understanding Exposures: ‘Land and Place’

What is a histogram?

Introduction to aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

Using a digital camera 

Tools and techniques

How to compose a photo

Uploading and processing digital images using a computer    

Exercise

  1. Compose photographs
  2. Introduction to exposure
  3. RAW files
Introduction to editing Features in Photoshop
1,2 
2Basic 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
etc.)
3. Story-telling (you could recreate a well-known story, or refer to a mythological story).

 

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.

1,2,3

3

26th

July

Preview and experiment with image capture

Download digital images and sort images

4

2nd August   

Bring final images to class for project 1.

5

9th

August  

Introduction to project 2

 

Project 2: Understanding Depth of Field: ‘Still Life’

▪       Learning outcomes

▪       Assessment criteria

▪       Course requirements

Making Still Life images, capture and present 3 images that reflect upon your conceptual exploration of ‘Identity’. Display an understanding of composition, a control of depth of field, image exposure, raw processing and digital skills.

Documented you images in your Visual Diary and test prints are to be collected and displayed in your Photography Journal.

2, 3

6

16th August

Basic Lighting Tutorial, bring ideas and 1st draft of images to class    

Present 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 or convey your own identity

2          Photograph objects or a group of objects, which reflect someone else’s character or personality.   

 

 

 

 

3

 

3

7

23rd August

Create digital photographs

Upload and process THREE digital images using industry hardware and software to deliver a designated quality of image outcome.    

8

30th August

Preview and experiment with image capture

Download digital images and sort images    .

9

6th September

Submit Projects on digital folder and present projects in class

10

13th September

Submit Projects on digital folder and present projects in class


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Please check Blackboard for learning resources including:

  • Introduction to the camera
  • Camera settings
  • What is a Histogram?
  • What is a raw file?


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

1. Project 1: Understanding exposures: ‘Land and Place’

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

3. Digital Folio/Digital Folders

4. Visual Diary


Assessment Matrix

 

Course title

Produce digital images

RMIT Course code

VART6245C

National code

CUVDIG301A

Assessment task

Elements/Performance criteria

Required knowledge

Required skills

Project 1: Understanding Exposures: ‘Land and Place’

 

1. Plan digital imaging work through exploration    1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Required knowledge

  • ways of exploring techniques and materials to achieve different effects in digital imaging
  • physical properties and capabilities of a range of materials, tools and equipment used in digital imaging
  • work space requirements for digital imaging, including ways of organising and maintaining space
  • cleaning, maintenance and storage procedures for digital imaging tools, materials and equipment
  • historical and theoretical contexts for digital imaging
  • elements and principles of design and their particular application to digital image work
  • intellectual property considerations for any person making creative work
  • sustainability considerations associated with the use of digital tools, materials and equipment
  • OHS procedures that apply to digital imaging work.

 

Required skills

  • communication skills to discuss ideas for digital imaging with others
  • learning skills to:
  • improve techniques to produce digital images through practice and some experimentation
  • respond constructively to feedback
  • literacy skills to interpret information about historical and contemporary digital image practice
  • numeracy skills to calculate quantities of materials
  • planning and organising skills to organise resources required to produce digital images
  • self-management skills to take responsibility for the process of creating work.

 

Project 2: Understanding Depth of Field: ‘Still Life’

 

2. Prepare, maintain and store digital imaging resources    2.1, 2.2, 2.3

3. Create finished digital images - 3.1, 3.2, 3.4

Submit Projects on digital folder and present projects in class

 

1. Plan digital imaging work through exploration    1.4, 

2. Prepare, maintain and store digital imaging resources    2.3, 2.4

3. Create finished digital images - 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

 

 

 

Other Information

Within this course, the candidate would generally build on and combine a range of techniques which may include:    \

Acquiring images:

  • from the internet
  • through digital photography
  • through scanning

Manipulating images using a range of imaging applications

Outputting image as:

  • a print
  • CD
  • other storage medium

Uploading images to the internet
Using the most appropriate file format.    

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