Course Title: Produce and prepare photo images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: VART5969C

Course Title: Produce and prepare photo images

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5314 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact: Penny Johnson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Dzintra Boyd
Phone: 9925 4269

Teacher: Phoebe Montague


Nominal Hours: 20

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

This course develops the skills and knowledge required to prepare photo images for integration into online and print documents.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDIG303A Produce and prepare photo images


1. Use scanner to capture photo images

Performance Criteria:

1. Source and select appropriate photographic images according to requirements of photographic project brief 2. Discuss selection of images with relevant personnel 3. Assess scanner features to ensure that outcomes will meet the requirements of brief 4. Operate scanner according to manufacturer specifications 5. Select scanner settings to ensure image capture meets production requirements 6. Transfer and store photographic image files to a computer using standard naming conventions


2. Use digital camera to create photo images

Performance Criteria:

7. Discuss photographic project brief with relevant personnel 8. Assess digital camera features to ensure that outcomes will meet the requirements of brief 9. Plan camera shots taking into account lighting, framing, composition and other photographic techniques 10. Load and operate digital camera according to manufacturer specifications 11. Consider digital camera focus, exposure and shutter speed to ensure image capture meets production requirements 12. Check photographic images for fitness of purpose to comply with brief 13. Transfer and store photographic image files to a computer using standard naming conventions


3. Edit photo images

Performance Criteria:

14. Load digital imaging software and import photo image source files 15. Manipulate and save digital images using designated digital imaging software 16. Create photo images that incorporate visual design and communication principles using designated digital imaging software 17. Evaluate the outcome for visual impact, effectiveness and fitness for purpose 18. Confirm outcome with relevant personnel


4. Prepare photo image assets

Performance Criteria:

19. Save files in appropriate output format to meet platform requirements 20. Assign metadata tags if required 21. Group files logically in a folder system using standard naming conventions 22. Store files in share drive or repository for production team access

Learning Outcomes

You will develop the skills and knowledge to prepare high quality digital photo images.

Details of Learning Activities

This course is co-delivered and assessed with CUIFDIG303A Produce and prepare photo images. 

In this course, you learn through -

1. In-class activities:
• lab-based lectures
• guest speaker
• teacher-directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• workshopping of students’ own projects
• analysis/critique of work

2. Out-of-class activities:
• independent project based work
• online and other research
• independent study

Teaching Schedule


Date (begins Monday)


Week 1

July 6

Magazine design

Assessment 1 assigned


Week 2

July 13

Research and mood boards



Week 3

July 20

Principles and elements of design


Week 4

July 27

Represent information visually 

Assessment 1 DUE: Magazine Planning Doc

Week 5

Aug 3

Feature articles

Assessment 2 assigned


Week 6

August 10

Create, edit and review Word documents 


Week 7

August 17

Photoshop for writers and editors

Assessment 3 assigned


Week 8

August 24

Introduction to InDesign Assessment 2 DUE: Professional Documents Folio (Manuscript and feature article)


Mid Semester Break Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September (inclusive)  

Week 9

Sept 7

InDesign - advanced functions


Week 10

Sept. 14

InDesign - more advanced functions


Week 11

Sept. 21

InDesign - cover design


Week 12

Sept. 28

InDesign - spread design  

Week 13

October 5

InDesign - tips and tricks  

Week 14

October 12

Work on your magazine - get feedback  

Week 15

October 19

No classes                                                                                                  Assessment 3 DUE: Magazine Publication

Week 16

No classes


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Recommended Texts
Peach Pit Books for - InDesign and Photoshop


You are advised to look at the course Canvas site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

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:

  • participation in written exercises, in class and online
  • evaluation of photo images
  • practical demonstrations of scanners and digital cameras

Assessment Tasks

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected in the workplace. To be assessed as competent in this course you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

You should refer to the assessment brief, which is available through Canvas for full assessment criteria

Assessment 1: Magazine Planning Documentation

This first task involves researching and planning your magazine content, target audience and publication style/layout.

Due: Week 4 (Sunday 2 August)

Assessment 2: Documents Folio 

– Part A: Format manuscript according to submission guidelines

Proofread the text provided using MS Word track changes to fix all typos and other errors. Then download and follow the submission guidelines. This task is designed to assess your ability to follow manuscript submission instructions as well as your knowledge of MS Word functions.

Due: Week 8 (Sunday 30 August)

– Part B: Feature article and photos

Submit a draft of a feature article, including four accompanying photographs. This article and the accompanying images will go into your magazine for your final assessment.

Due: Week 8 (Sunday 30 August)

Assessment 3: Magazine Publication

You must use InDesign to produce a magazine that includes a cover and at least three spreads.

Due: Week 15 (Sunday 25 October)

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessments are:


CA - Competency Achieved
NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did not Submit Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information

Information about your studies

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.



Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

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


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.  

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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