Course Title: Refine digital art techniques
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2015
Course Code: VART6289C
Course Title: Refine digital art techniques
School: 320T Architecture & Design
Campus: Brunswick Campus
Program: C5316 - Diploma of Graphic Design
Course Contact: Leigh Milward
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9426
Course Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nominal Hours: 80
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to refine your techniques in working with digital media. You will develop your own digital style through a body of creative work, this will be achieved by a process of research, refinement and evaluation of techniques.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
CUVDIG501A Refine digital art techniques
1. Research digital media ideas and techniques
1.1. Support professional practice by expanding own knowledge of historical and contemporary digital media practice
2. Select digital media techniques for refinement
2.1. Consider the opportunities offered by different digital media techniques
3. Consolidate digital media technique to professional level
3.1. Establish and follow safe work practices for selected techniques
4. Evaluate own digital media technique
4.1. Evaluate development of own technique with others and seek feedback
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:
• design games
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects
Out of class activities will include:
• independent project based work
• Gallery visits/Conferences
• Online research
Project 1: Folio of 5 exercises (Formative)
|1.2, 1.4, 2.1, 3.6|
|3||Project 1: Basic masks
Complete four class exercises on masks.
Students will look at the relationship between selections, alpha channels and masks.
|1.2, 1.4, 2.1, 3.6|
|4||Project 1: Complex masks and blending modes.
Hair selections – auto and manual. Submit to MyRMIT.
|1,2, 1.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 3.4, 3.5|
|5||Project 1: Blending Modes and Layer styles
Apply layer styles to type
Complete the montage exercise and submit to MyRMIT.
|1.2, 1.4, 2.1, 2,2, 2.3, 3.6|
Project 1: Camera RAW and Lightroom
Project 1 due this week. Any outstanding or alternate exercises must be submitted by this week.
|1.5, 2.3, 3.5|
|7||Project 2: Product assets (Formative)|
Gather resources. Find examples of contemporary and historical examples of techniques. Create a client-focused market research document.
Class discussion: Intellectual property.
|8||Project 2: Product feature
A creative type treatment in Illustrator with some finishing in Photoshop.
|2.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 3.4, 3.6|
|9||Project 2: Product name
A creative type treatment in Illustrator with major finishing in Photoshop to create interest and texture.
|4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 3.4,|
|10||Project 2: Product ingredient
A creative treatment of a stock image to create an illustration of a product ingredient. Project 2 due next week.
|1.1-1.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7,|
|11||Project 2 submission.
Product assets to be archived. During this process, student work will be assessed during class. This assessment process may extend into the following week.
Project 3 will be distributed and discussed this week. You will have until week 13 to put together a document outlining the techniques and style you intend to use and why. Next week: excursion.
|1.1-1.4, 2.1-4, 3.6|
Project 3: Portrait. (Summative)
|2.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 3.4,|
|13||Project 3: Portrait – research, production
Your design proposal will be submitted for peer and instructor feedback. In groups, you will explain your techniques and examples.
|4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 3.3, 3.4,|
|14||Project 3: Portrait – draft submission and self-assessment
Submit a draft for feedback. Your progress will effect your final grade.
|4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 3.4, 3.6|
|15||Project 3: Portrait – submission
Students will submit their finished file and a presentation document showing their process and techniques. This is due at the start of class. Assessment will happen during class. While this process is going on, students will create a flat version (PDF) suitable for print.
|16||Project 3: Portrait – late submissions and extensions
Students will submit their finished file and a presentation document showing their process and techniques. This is due at the start of class. Assessment will happen during class. While this process is going on, students will present their work for display.
You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site (Blackboard) 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. A digital resource folder resides on network server. Further information regarding access to this is available in the ‘Computer Survival Kit’ provided during orientation.
You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.
Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access Lynda.com for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning.
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 of the library resources.
The University Library has extensive resources for Graphic Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies http://rmit.libguides.com/graphicartanddesign
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
- Design Project 2
Design Project 3
Tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks and you should engage in all formative tasks.
This course has one Summative Task which must be completed. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.
Task 1 (formative)
A folio of exercises: basic masks, clipping paths, complex masking, layer styles and a graphic on ergonomics. Each exercise must be completed to an acceptable level. This assessment will be used to identify strengths and areas for improvement. This assignment couts towards your competency. Due week 6.
Task 2: Assets (formative)
The creation of assets for an FMCG package using techniques in Photoshop. This assignment counts towards your competency. The main aim of this assessment task is to provide feedback and experience, as well as moving toward the development of a unique style. Due week 11.
Task 3: Portrait (summative)
Students will research techniques and apply them to a photographic portrait. Students will then refine these images based on feedback and to establish a unique sense of style. Work will be assessed on the quality of work, technical expertise and refinement of work based on feedback. There is some scope for negotiation on the topics. Due week 15.
The summative task will determine the grade for this course.
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
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.
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.
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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
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Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
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.
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