Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: VART6436C

Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5359 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 9925 9988

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ann Langusch


Nominal Hours: 70

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

None required.

Course Description

In this course 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 tool in your professional practice. You will achieve this via a combination of manual and digital drawing practices and processes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools


1 Evaluate the role of drawing in professional practice

Performance Criteria:

■■Explore drawing and other visual communication devices as research, ideas and problem-solving tools for professional practice

■■Evaluate how different practitioners use different tools and make links to own work

■■Examine and challenge own barriers to drawing

■■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:

■■ Initiate, develop and evolve ideas through the use of different materials and techniques

■■Consider the presentation context in selecting techniques, tools and materials

■■Create variety in compositional formats and spatial fields through use of visual elements

■■Experiment with techniques to produce single and multi-colour visuals

■■Select and use multimedia approaches to visualising

■■Compare and contrast the value of electronic and hand drawing for specific purposes


3 Develop individual approach to use of drawing

Performance Criteria:

■■Evaluate completed drawings in terms of their success in communicating ideas

■■Evaluate the process of drawing and visual representation as a professional practice tool

■■Determine the value and place of drawing and visual representation in own practice based on experimentation

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

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

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

The major learning experience involves practical 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

While all course content will be delivered, the order and mode of delivery may change depending on the availability of specialist facilities and equipment.  Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher

Week Projects Tasks Assessment
tasks due
1 Assessment Task 1  Assessment Task 1. Set of 10 technical tasks.
1.1 Create wet media marks, scan
1.2 Digitally colour wet media marks using layer masks
2   1.3-1.6 Observational drawings. Draw set of given objects in different ways. Scan. 
Complete Part A of OH&S worksheet.
3   1.7-9 Digital composition
1.7 Digitally fill drawn shapes with broken colour.
1.8 Colour scanned line drawing using layer masks.
1.9 Use multiply blending mode to superimpose black line drawing
1.10 Make composite illustration. 
4   Finalise composite illustration in response to feedback
Finalise all 10 tasks, lay out in given template and submit as PDF to Canvas.
Complete Part B of OH&S worksheet.
Assessment Task 1 + OH&S Worksheet 
5 Assessment Task 2 Introduction to Assessment Task 2. Melbourne Sketchbook.
Discuss overall intention of the brief and complete questionnaire as hard copy or online to Canvas. Research drawing strategies and techniques in relevant exemplars. 
6   Melbourne sketchbook research. Discuss strategies and techniques in relevant exemplars. Present concepts and reference material. Produce drawings from photographic reference AT2 Research 
7   Produce drawings from reference mages.  
8   Compose sketchbook pages. Respond to feedback.  
mid semester break
9   Compose sketchbook pages. Respond to feedback.  
    Mid semester break  
10   Compose and refine illustrations. Respond to feedback
Intro to Assessment Task 3, Vintage Poster. 
Plan photo shoots.
AT 2
11 Assessment Task 3 Assessment Task 3. Vintage poster:  Research relevant techniques and illustration strategies. Assemble reference photos. Begin filling out submission template for research  
12   Present research, reference images, prepare templates. AT3 Research 

Render from templates.

14   Finalise and submit Assessment Task 3  AT 3
15   Work on gaps in evidence required for Competency  Resubmissions if applicable
16   Work on gaps in evidence required for Competency  Resubmissions if applicable

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no 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, The Art of the sketchbook, Ginko press

Other Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course. This course has recommended books listed under ‘References’

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.

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.

Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning. The University Library has extensive resources for Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

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 exercises. The assessment tasks are: Projects

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Due dates for assessment tasks dependent on access to specialist facilities and equipment may change. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher. 

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.


1 Folio of technical tasks  - Due Week 4
2 Melbourne Sketchbook - Due Week 10
3 Vintage poster - Due Week 14

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 that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

Competency will be assessed at the completion of the course.
Competency-based assessment is as follows:
CA Competency Achieved
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 aspect of your learning experience involves practical 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 for success.

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

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Student progress policy 

When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non­digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e­ Submission process. If submitting both hard copies and digital submissions the electronic declaration will cover both. Information regarding the e­Submission process

Special Consideration Policy, 
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

Late Submission & Extensions
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. Extension form link - 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 competency assessment. 
Submissions that are assessed as Not Satisfactory can be re-submitted. This is only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.

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. Go to Academic Integrity.

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