Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: VART6338C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

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

Robin Blood           

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 consolidate a range of digital imaging skills and apply these in experimental and innovative projects. Projects and techniques addressed will assist students in developing an individual style or voice.

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

Learning activities will take place in a CAD room 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

SessionClass ContentLearning elements
1Looking at techniques used in industry



Introduction to rendering software

Evaluating suitability of techniques
Creating images efficiently
5 Creating materials required N/A
6 Creating materials required continued
 Assessment 1 handed out
7Incorporating animation with digital images
8Continue incorporating animation with digital images
9Working on Assessment 1
10 Evaluating work
11Assessment 2 handed out
12Assessment 1 due
13Working on Assessment 2
14Looking at alterative used in Industry
15Assessment 2 due
 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

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 and projects.


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

Assessment Tasks

See Blackboard for details


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

Task 1                                          Animating to enhance images and communication              Session 6                       Session 12

Task 2                                          Using rendering to enhance images                                     Session 11                     Session 15

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


AssessmentContentDate SetDate DueElement 1Element 2Element 3Element 4/5
1Animating to enhance images and communication      Session 6Session 12xxxx/x
2 Using rendering to enhance imagesSession 11Session 15xxxx/x

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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