Course Title: Refine digital art techniques

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: VART6230C

Course Title: Refine digital art techniques

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email: tafeart@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

 

David Van Royen

david.vanroyen@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

In this course you will gain the skills and knowledge required to refine techniques in working with digital media and to develop own digital art style in a body of creative work. This occurs through a process of research, refinement and evaluation.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDIG501A Refine digital art techniques

Element:

1. Research digital media ideas and techniques

Performance Criteria:

                           

1.1. Support professional practice by expanding own knowledge of historical and contemporary digital media practice

1.2. Research ways that other artists have used different digital media techniques 

1.3. Investigate how particular digital media techniques work to achieve different technical effects 

1.4. Evaluate the relationships between digital media techniques and ideas

1.5. Adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches with consideration of intellectual property requirements 

Element:

2. Select digital media techniques for refinement

Performance Criteria:

                           

2.1. Consider the opportunities  offered by different digital media techniques

2.2. Determine limitations and constraints  of particular techniques

2.3. Select digital media techniques for refinement 

Element:

3. Consolidate digital media technique to professional level

Performance Criteria:

                           

3.1. Establish and follow safe work practices  for selected techniques

3.2. Develop increasing confidence and skill through practice and experimentation

3.3. Proactively identify and resolve technical problems in digital media projects based on developing expertise

3.4. Challenge and test ideas, and allow new and unpredictable ideas to emerge

3.5. Evolve ideas and other professional skills through ongoing experimentation with technique

3.6. Develop own ways of working with techniques to create individual style

3.7. Create a coherent body of digital media work  that shows command of selected digital media techniques

Element:

4. Evaluate own digital media technique

Performance Criteria:

                           

4.1. Evaluate development of own technique with others and seek feedback

4.2. Seek and participate in conversations that challenge and explore different concepts and approaches

4.3. Reflect on the particular ways that experimentation with different techniques has informed own work

4.4. Identify ways in which technique may be further developed  as part of a professional practice and build ideas into future work


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.


Details of Learning Activities

SKILLS/DEVELOP THE ABILITY TO:

  • Research digital media ideas and techniques
  • Select digital media techniques for refinement
  • Consolidate digital media technique to professional level
  • Evaluate own digital media technique
     


Teaching Schedule

 

Teaching schedule
Week
Activity / classTask
1Introduction to the Unit:

Outline course and requirements:
OH&S requirements, materials and tools, studio rules and guidelines
Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria
Setting up Digital Folders

Introduction to Project 1 :Photo
Narrative:

Presentation on relevant artists
Class discussion
Assessment requirements

Take photos this week to bring to next weeks class
2Photo Narrative project brainstorm and discussion

Bring 1st draft of images, film and/or digital files to class ready for digital workshop/tutorial

Digital Workflow Revision

Bring 1st draft of images to work on in class
3Photo Narrative project brainstorm and discussionBring 2nd draft of images to work on in class
4Class demonstration on fonts
Individual tutorials in class
Bring image text (on word document) & images to class ready for digital workshop/tutorial
5Studio work: finalize image and text selection. 
6Finalise files to print

File set up for printing:

  • Checking Lab requirements
  • Making a PRISM Template
  • Adding a stoke to your images
  • Saving files in 3 places!
Bring a USB to class to take to Prism or send via DropBox

Finalise work on server.

7Project 1 Due CLASS PRESENTATIONSAll work due on Digital
Folder on server
8Project 1 Due CLASS PRESENTATIONS 
9Project 2: Documentary image presentation & discussion 
10Project 2: Documentary image presentation & discussionDocumentary project brainstorm & research session.

Bring 1st draft of images, film & digital files to class ready for digital

workshop/tutorial.

Group and individual tutorials.

11Project 2: Documentary image presentation & discussion Bring images to work on in class
12Project 2: Documentary image presentation & discussionBring 2nd draft of images, film & digital files to class ready for digital
workshop/tutorial.

Group and individual tutorials.

13 Project 2: Documentary image presentation & discussionStudio Work: All prints, film and digital files ready for review last class to

prepare files for PRISM Digital Bureau.

14 Project 2: Documentary image presentation & discussion Class presentations
15Folio preparation for assessment 
16Folio preparation for assessment 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Lynda.com - availabel through RMIT Library / visual arts page

Cameras are available through our techinician.

Audio visual hire - Bld 8 level 7


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • Practical tasks, a major project and a short test
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Completion of an art journal and portfolio including personal reflection and feedback

Assessment is based on your ability to undertake the following:

  • Evolve and refine digital media technique through a demonstrated process of experimentation
  • Develop individual style in own work
  • Produce a coherent body of professional artwork that includes the use of well-developed digital media technique
  • Research digital media technique in the broader context of other artwork and artists
  • Use safe and sustainable work practices.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.


Assessment Tasks

There are 2 assessable projects for this course:

REQUIRED OUTPUT FOR PROJECT 1 - Photo Narrative

 REQUIRED OUTPUT FOR ASSESSMENT
1 X Visual Diary (work in progress)

  • Showing evidence of the conceptual development of your ideas that inform your photographs
  • Showing evidence of research about Photo narrative and your selected option.
  • Must include clear documentation (image and text) of references: artists, artwork and methods of art production, that are currently influencing your work.
  • Include test prints, back-up prints or sketches with notes on your images (both technical and conceptual

1 X Photographic Folio
This folio will include a total of 12 finished images accompanied by text to meet the objectives for Project 1 (selected from one of the photo narrative options listed).

  • Work toward a professional presentation that will be displayed in class (week 8).

 

1 X Pegasus print (20x32” or 51x81cm) produced at Prism Digital Imaging Lab The finished work can be in a format decided by your self (book, poster, folio, boxed etc.) with the following considerations:

  • Each of the 12 images are to be a minimum of 6 x 4, formatted on one Prism Pegasus print (20 x 32”).
  • The print will hav e w hi t e s p ace, a s t r ok e and be guillotined accordingly and presented with your Photo Folio.

1 X Digital Folder on the server (Frida)
All work for this Project must be shown in the following four folders:

  • a) Originals (only RAW files)

REQUIRED OUTPUT FOR PROJECT 2 - Contemporary documentary

1 X Visual Diary (work in progress)

  •  Showing evidence of the conceptual development of your ideas that inform your photographs
  • Showing evidence of research about Contemporary Documentary and your selected option.
  • Must include clear documentation (image and text) of references: artists, artwork and methods of art production, that are currently influencing your work.
  • Include test prints, back-up prints or sketches with notes on your images (both technical and conceptual

1 X Photographic Folio
This folio will include a total of 12 finished images accompanied by text to meet the objectives for

  • Project 1 (selected from one of the photo narrative options listed).
  • Work toward a professional presentation that will be displayed in class (week 8).

1 X Pegasus print (20x32” or 51x81cm) produced at Prism Digital Imaging Lab
The finished work can be in a format decided by your self (book, poster, folio, boxed etc.) with the following considerations:

  •  Images are to be a minimum of 6 x 4, formatted on one Prism Pegasus print (20 x 32”).
  • The print will be cropped accordingly and presented with your Photo Folio.

1 X Digital Folder
Which will contain the following 4 folders:

  • a) Originals (showing raw files)
  • b) Work in progress (showing layers of each of your 12 digital images, edited in Bridge or
  • Photoshop)
  • c) Finals (showing flattened files of your 12 digital images, these can be Photoshop files or TIFF ) This folder will be required for your class presentation (see below).
  • d) Research (showing at least 6 artists you have researched, include 3 images per artist).

1 x Class presentation
A short class presentation of your 12 finished photographic images, which can be viewed via Power

  • Point or Preview Slide Show in week 14.

Please note:

  • The Visual Diary is your work in progress, a collection of ideas and reference material
  • The Photographic Folio will include the finished work for each project
  • The Digital Folders need to be well organized and maintained for each project (including separate folders for: reference material; works-in-progress; process illustration and; finished works). The folders need to reflect electronic research relevant to each of the projects.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.

These are available through the course contact in Program Manager.

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