Course Title: Make scale models

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: VART6336C

Course Title: Make scale models

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5329 - Diploma of Product Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Craig Clarke

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to make 3-dimensional (3D) scale models in response to specifications, which may be part of a brief. The focus of this unit is on the technical skills required to make accurate scale models to designed specifications. Design skills are found in other units within the Visual Arts Craft and Design Training Package. People working in many industries require the skills and knowledge in this unit, and the unit is written to allow for contextualisation to a particular industry context. Within the cultural industries this unit is relevant for people working across multiple sectors.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD304A Make scale models


1. Prepare to make scale models

Performance Criteria:


1.1 Clarify scale model requirements based on relevant documentation, verbal briefs and consultation with relevant people

1.2 Identify potential challenges and plan work to minimise risk in consultation with relevant personnel

1.3 Select techniques for model making consistent with project objectives and parameters

1.4 Confirm requirements for presenting final scale models

1.5 Confirm equipment, materials and work space requirements

1.6 Set up work space and equipment according to safety considerations and organisational procedures


2. Complete model construction

Performance Criteria:


2.1 Safely make preliminary models representing core dimensions in line with specifications

2.2 Review preliminary models against objectives and specifications in consultation with others as required

2.3 Make adjustments to models as required

2.4 Complete models consistent with objectives and other parameters

2.5 Present models to relevant colleagues in line with project and organisational requirements

2.6 Follow organisational storage and inventory procedures

2.7 Seek and use feedback from others to improve own skills

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.

During this course you will be shown different methods and meterials that will allow you to build a model of your designs.  You will work from drawings, mock-ups and CAD/CAM models to fabricate accurate and neatly finished representations of your products.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a workshop using industry standard resources. You will complete exercises and industry relevant projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study  to complete assignments outside class time.

In class activities may include:
• Presentations and demonstration
• teacher directed group activities/projects with individual input from students 
• class exercises to practice and develop skills
• Analysis/critique of relevant material
• Student presentations with Teacher and Peer feedback and review
• Personal class time to discuss and develop own work for assessment/presentation 

Out of class activities may include:
• practical work on projects
• investigation and research
• preparing of work for presentations
• project work
• independent research
• online research
You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research.

Teaching Schedule

Session Class Content - To complete for each course Learning elements
1 Introduction to course:
  • Learning outcomes - what you are going to learn in this class
  • Learning plan - weekly timetable of classes
  • Assessment criteria - Rubrics
  • Course requirements - expectations of student engagement in learning and assessment
  • Consultation framework - how and when your teacher will give you feedback on how you are going.

Very detailed explanation and discussion, with samples, of the standards expected from students within this unit to gauge competent or non competent standards.  Also show and discuss presentation standards and packaging of work.  Demonstration of accurate foam model making and finishing techniques.


2  Set Project 1.  Explain and demonstrate safety, tools, techniques and requirements, show samples.  Students commence project.  1,2
3  Paint demo for project.   1,2
4  Continue with project 1.   1,2
5  Continue with project 1.   1,2

 Project 1 due.  Demo of foam covering and finishing materials and techniques.  Set Project 2, students to come in with ideas for next week..

7  Continue with Project 2.  Explain and demonstrate safety, tools, techniques and requirements, show samples. Students commence project.   1,2
8  Continue with Project 2.   1,2
9  Continue with Project 2.   1,2
10  Continue with Project 2.   1,2
11  Continue with Project 2.   1,2
12  Project 2 Due.  Set Project 3.  Explain and demonstrate safety, tools, techniques and requirements, show samples. Students commence project.   1,2
13  Continue with Project 3.  International Design Forum 14th May.   1,2
14  Continue with Project 3.   1,2
15  Continue with Project 3.   1,2
16 Student Assessment and presentations   1,2
  Please note: 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.   

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment context must provide for:
   • practical demonstration of skills using required materials, tools and equipment to make scale models for a specific workplace purpose
Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include: 
   • evaluation of scale models made by the candidate 
   • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of scale model-making techniques 
   • review of portfolios of evidence
   • third party workplace reports of performance by the candidatethe candidate
Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands and the needs of particular groups (eg people with disabilities, and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties eg speakers of languages other than English, remote communities and those with
interrupted schooling).

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.


Assessment task                                              Content/requirements                          Hand out Date               Due date

1            Vac-formed card holder Project                                                                       Week  1                  Week  6

2            Wooden Model Project                                                                                      Week   6                 Week   12

3            Resin Casting Project                                                                                       Week  12                Week   16

Graded assessment applies for courses within the Diploma of Product Design

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 alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course on your online Blackboard portal.

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.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


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

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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

Please note
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 resources and student progression.

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