Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: VART6283C

Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5316 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact: Ann Langusch

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9417

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 70

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to use drawing and other visual representation tools to develop, refine and communicate ideas for creative work. You will apply drawing skills as a cognitive tools in your professional practice. You will achieve this using both digital and manual approaches to drawing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD501A Refine drawing and other visual representation tools


1. Evaluate the role of drawing in professional practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore drawing and other visual communication devices as research, ideas and problem-solving tools for professional practice 1.2 Evaluate how different practitioners use different tools and make links to own work 1.3 Examine and challenge own barriers to drawing  1.4 Determine the ways in which drawing and other visual representation tools could be used  to support own practice


2. Support practice through experimentation with drawing and visual representation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Initiate, develop and evolve ideas through the use of different materials and techniques 2.2 Consider the presentation context in selecting techniques, tools and materials 2.3 Create variety in compositional formats and spatial fields through use of visual elements 2.4 Experiment with techniques to produce single and multi-colour visuals 2.5 Select and use multimedia approaches  to visualising 2.6 Compare and contrast the value of electronic and hand drawing for specific purposes


3. Develop individual approach to use of drawing

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate completed drawings in terms of their success in communicating ideas 3.2 Evaluate the process of drawing and visual representation as a professional practice tool 3.3 Determine the value and place of drawing and visual representation in own practice  based on experimentation

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

In class activities will include:
• teacher directed activities/projects
• peer review and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects

Out of class activities will include:
• independent project work
• independent web research

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

Teaching Schedule

Week Projects Tasks Assessment
tasks due
Performance Criteria
1  Project 1 Set of 10 technical tasks.
1.1 Create wet media marks, scan
1.2 Digitally colour wet media marks using layer masks
  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.2-3
2   1.3-1.6 Observational drawings. Draw objects provided in different ways. Scan.   1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
3   1.7 Digitally fill shape with broken colour.
1.8 Colour scanned line drawing using layer masks.
1.9 Use multiply blending mode to superimpose black line drawing.
  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
4   1.10 Make composite illustration   1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
5   Finalise folio of tasks, lay out in given template with documentation as required. Introduction to Project 2.  Project 1  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
6  Project 2

Produce self- promotional Melbourne sketchbook. Research sketching techniques. Research locations. Plan photo shoots.


   1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.2-3

Produce sketches from reference images and digitally assemble into composite images.

  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3


Present work-in-progress (partially completed sketchbook pages) for in-class feedback    1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3

Continue Project 2, composing and refining drawings and layouts for sketchbook pages.

  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
10   Finalise illustrated sketchbook pages. Complete submission template including required documentation for Project 2.  Project 2 1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
11  Project 3 Design vintage style poster as public artwork for designated public wall.
Gather reference material. Plan photo shoots if required.
Research illustration techniques.
   1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.2-3
    Mid semester break    

Research and practice relevant illustration techniques. Present to class - discuss strategies and techniques in specific vintage poster. Also present reference photos.
Produce drawings (manual or digital) from photographic reference.

  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3

Produce illustrations. Seek feedback.

  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
14   Produce illustrations. Seek feedback.   1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
15   Complete Project 3 submission template including required documentation.   1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
16   Submission, Feedback.  Project 3  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Kaupelis, Robert, Experimental drawing
Dexter, Emma, Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing
Betti, Clausia & Sale, Teel, Drawing: A Contemporary Approach
Walton, Roger & Cogliantry, Jen, The big book of illustration ideas 2
Klanten, Robert & Hellige, Hendrik, Illusive - Contemporary Illustration and its context
Peterman S & S E, The Sketchbook Project. World Tour

Other Resources

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site and also for Google Docs and Google Groups via your student Google Account for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year. Additional information relating to this will be provided on an ongoing basis.You will require materials and tools that are listed in the Graphic Design Kit and a personal hard drive to store digital work.  RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks. Assessment tasks in this course are:

  • Design Project 1 (20% of final grade)
  • Design Project 2 (40% of final grade)
  • Design Project 3 (40% of final grade)

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
Assessment tasks. (See timeline for due dates.)


1 Folio of technical tasks  - Due Week 5
2 Self promotional illustrated sketchbook - Due Week 10
3 Public Art proposal (vintage style poster) - Due Week 16

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.
Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment.

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend
all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to be successful in this course.

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.

Student feedback at RMIT:
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
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Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges
that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works. For work submitted via Blackboard an e-submission declaration is embedded in the submission process and a hard copy of a submission cover sheet is not required.

Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions
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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy.
If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor. Further links - Application for extension of time

On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission
On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.
The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Grades will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part thereof), for the first two days. If submissions are three days or more late, the work will only be assessed as a pass or fail – it will not be graded. Submissions seven days or more late should still be handed in, however they will not be assessed and will be kept as a record only.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
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