Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: VART6249C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

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:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kirsten Lyttle

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


Course Description

In this course you will develop skills and knowledge to be able to capture digital images. You will work on the production of visual art images and gain an understanding on the production of the art photo imaging industry. This course allows you to conceptualise, research and initiate projects; undertake strategic planning and production tasks; manage finances; output visual art photo images to industry specifications; and liaise/consult with a range of associated and allied persons, work teams, government agencies and private enterprise.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDIG401A Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images


1. Develop proficiency with a range of digital imaging techniques and media

Performance Criteria:


1.1. Evaluate the potential for new approaches to digital imaging based on capabilities of techniques  already used

1.2. Adapt or introduce new tools, equipment  and materials  to achieve different effects

1.3. Extend the capabilities of digital imaging techniques through experimentation

1.4. Take account of the safety and sustainability considerations  for different techniques and media


2. Develop ideas for digital imaging

Performance Criteria:


2.1. Articulate creative and other goals for digital image work

2.2. Research , adapt and use relevant ideas  and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property requirements 

2.3. Apply knowledge of different digital imaging techniques to inform ideas

2.4. Allow techniques and ideas to work together to inform each other

2.5. Consider the professional potential  and other criteria  for work when developing ideas

2.6. Refine  and confirm ideas based on experimentation, research and collaboration with others


3. Organise digital imaging resources

Performance Criteria:


3.1. Assess specific resource requirements for the chosen work

3.2. Research and access potential sources of supply  for digital imaging resources

3.3. Evaluate cost and other constraints  that impact on the development of work

3.4. Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations  for finished digital images

3.5. Set up or coordinate resource requirements according to safety and other workplace requirements


4. Create finished digital images

Performance Criteria:


4.1. Create digital images, using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation

4.2. Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with the production of work

4.3. Use safe and sustainable work practices throughout the production of work

4.4. Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that inform it


5. Evaluate own digital imaging work

Performance Criteria:


5.1. Reflect on own work in terms of conceptual development and technical execution

5.2. Identify areas for future improvement especially in terms of own skill development

5.3. Discuss completed work with others and respond positively to feedback

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

Your learning activities will take place in a studio and lecture theatre. 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 studio and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will need also be expected to make use of the library resources.  

The learning activities for this course centre around the following:

  • Participation in practical workshops conducted by a teacher. Workshops also provide the opportunity for student to practice & perform under supervision and coaching from a teacher
  • Participation in tutorials which can be one on one, small groups or whole class and which provide the opportunity for students to present their work for comment and critique by teachers and fellow students
  • Individual studio time for students to work on projects to develop skills and conceptual ability in an environment of discovery and experimentation
  • Keeping a visual diary which contains evidence of conceptual development, feedback on work from tutorials, reflection on own development and understanding, critical engagement and critical discourse
  • Research
  • Ongoing practice to become self managing
  • When available, attendance at exhibitions and field work.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 Overview of the course and assessment requirements

Week 2 Photography as a fine art practice
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Week 3 Learn operation of equipment

Week 4 Organise shoots on location or in studio and prepare shoot management timelines

Week 5 Photo image works=flow work sheet

Week 6  Genres of Photography Assessment task  Group & individual tutorials  Demonstrations

Week   9 -12 Genres of Photography.

Week  13-15 Photographic self-portrait.

Week  16  Folio Preparation

Week  17-18  Assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

 You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit galleries outside of your learning environment.

 RMIT University School of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

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
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • A digital portfolio which demonstrates personal reflection and feedback
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence.

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

Assessment Tasks

 Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

OH&S checklist

Visual journal

Digital Folders

  • CHD Competent with high distinction 80 - 100 Highly developed
  • CDI Competent with distinction 70 - 79 Well developed
  • CC Competent with credit 60 - 69 Developed
  • CAG Competent achieved - graded 50 - 59 Sound
  • NYC Not Yet Competent
  • DNS Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

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

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.

The major learning rxperience involves studio based exercises, demonstrations and production. It is strongly advised that you attend sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

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.

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.

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