Course Title: Prepare digital images for pre-press processing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART6441C

Course Title: Prepare digital images for pre-press processing

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5359 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 9925 9446

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Meredith Chesney


Nominal Hours: 45

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 skills and knowledge to prepare and process digital images and files for print. Through a range of varied learning activities with a focus on industry terminology, colour management and standards you will learn how to make informed choices relating to software; processes; file preparation and use of equipment. These skills and knowledge will be applied to turn your creative ideas into print ready outcomes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAPHI514 Prepare digital images for pre-press processing


1 Consult with pre-press bureau about formatting requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Source printing requirements from relevant personnel and follow throughout preparation process

1.2 Obtain relevant specifications for software and image file formatting from relevant personnel

1.3 Discuss and resolve with relevant personnel any constraints associated with different printing processes and other diffusion techniques


2 Prepare files for pre-press processing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Prepare image files using appropriate pre-press processing techniques

2.2 Choose suitable test charts or targets and print to appropriate specifications for ink density and stock on linearised proofer

2.3 Calibrate digital proofing device to examine test charts and use results to generate colour profile

2.4 Print test file on calibrated digital proofing device and use results to generate output profile for press and stock

2.5 Produce sample image, confirm with relevant personnel and modify if required

2.6 Optimise images and output image product to profile specifications using industry standards

2.7 Save image files in appropriate format for pre-press processing and prepare invoice or account for client

2.8 Assemble completed images for electronic or physical dispatch and deliver with invoice or account to agreed location by appropriate methods within agreed timeframe


3 Wrap up and review print preparation

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Catalogue and archive images according to industry standards

3.2 Review feedback from relevant personnel on final printed product

3.3 Maintain contractual and financial records for business and taxation purposes

3.4 Evaluate own performance in job context and identify future improvements

3.5 Identify future opportunities, work directions, equipment needs and workflow changes resulting from job

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio and computer laboratory using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.



In class activities may include:

  • in class demonstrations and presentations by teacher
  • class exercises
  • workshops including use of industry based equipment and materials
  • knowledge and practical tests
  • simulated workplace activities
  • design activities or projects
  • independent project based work
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • online tutorials and activities
  • student presentations
  • group discussions
  • Blog/Wiki or other online discussion and participation
  • review and revision
  • group projects
  • peer teaching & learning
  • workshopping of student projects including peer/teacher feedback
  • visits to industry, seminars, events and exhibitions
  • guest lectures/presentations
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • research


Out of class activities may include:

  • independent project based work
  • completion of outstanding work
  • online tutorials and activities
  • independent research
  • studio practice
  • review and revision
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • research

Teaching Schedule

This course (VART6441 - Prepare digital images for pre-press processing - CUAPHI514) will be delivered in the same weekly session as VART6440 - Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace - CUAPHI513. The following timeline contains activities for both courses.

Session Details

Due Dates




 File Structure, Preflight & Workflow Revision


Task 1 Preflighting

1-3  1-3 


 Colour Workshop 1 & Swatch Book

 Swatch Book Graphics & Layout

 Colour Referencing Systems

 Deliver Project 1 Labels Overview

Task 2 Swatch Book 

 1-3  1-3


 Assessment Project 1 Labels

 Ideation & Concept

Project 1 option form 

 1-3 1-3


 Assessment Project 1 Labels

 Document Setup & Layout


1-3   1-3


 Assessment Project 1 Labels

 Review & Refine


1-3  1-3 


 Assessment Project 1 Labels

 Finalise & Submit

 Deliver Project 2 FMCG

Project 1 Labels


1-3 1-3 


 Workshop: Dielines & Packaging

 Task 3a Dielines - Cube & FMCG

 Deliver Project 2 Dieline Specs

Task 3a Cube Dieline  



 Workshop: Dielines & Packaging

 Task 3b Decorate Cube Faces

Task 3b Decorate

FMCG Dieline



 Colour Workshop 2

 Colour Management




 Assessment Project 2 FMCG - Part A Ice  Cream Wrapper Digital

 Pattern Making Revision

 Wrapper & Ice Cream Mockup (using Product Title  from Digital Techniques class) 

Project 2A FMCG

Wrapper/Ice Cream Digital

 1-3  1-3


 Knowledge Test 1

 Assessment Project 2 FMCG - Part B  Packaging

 Workflow; Planning and File Management;  Populate Layout

 Knowledge Test 1

1-3  1-3 


 Assessment Project 2 FMCG  - Part B  Packaging
 Populate Layout


1-3  1-3 


 Assessment Project 2 FMCG  - Part B  Packaging

 Review & Refine

 Peer feedback

Final Draft PDF

 1-3 1-3 


 Assessment Project 2 FMCG  - Part A Ice  Cream Mockup & Part B  Packaging
 Finalise & File Check

 Prepare & submit PDF and A3 proof for approval

 Print final mockup (large format only available to  material fee students)

Project 2A FMCG

Wrapper/Ice Cream Mockup

Submit Proof & PDF for mockup printing

1-3   1-3


 Assessment Project 2 FMCG Final Submission

 Digital Mockup

 Submission of Final Digital Files

 3D Mockup & Photography

 Project 2B  FMCG

 Digital file &  A3 Proof

3D Mockup & Photography




 Knowledge Test 2

Knowledge Test 2 

1-3  1-3 

17 & 18

 Assessment Period - Students should be contactable and may be required  during this period



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Title: A Guide to Graphic Print Production – 3rd edition / [Kaj Johansson, Peter Lundberg, Robert Ryberg]. Author: Johansson, K. (Kaj) Other Author(s): Lundberg, Peter. and Ryberg, Robert. Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2011.


Title: Graphic Design : Australian style manual Author: Andrew Townley Barnum ... [et al.]. Other Author(s):Barnum, Andrew Townley. Publisher: North Ryde, N.S.W. : McGraw-Hill, 2011.


Title: Extra : Encyclopaedia of experimental print finishing
Author: Franziska. Morlok ;Till Beckmann; Markus Zehentbauer; Uwe Jäger 1960-


Title: Production for Print
Author: Gatter, Mark
Publication date: 2010


Other Resources

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 tasks.
The assessment tasks are:
Knowledge tests 
Production Projects incorporating design and printed outcomes

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

Assessment Tasks

This course has 4 assessments, which must all be completed and submitted.

There are also exercises which provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial assessment projects. You should engage in all exercises. The exercises help provide evidence of competency.

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard to be deemed competent.

PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE: Assessments are NOT based solely on final submission of the project, if other requirements such as presentations; progress; milestones are specifically indicated on the Timeline (Teaching Schedule) and Assessment Project Instructions. Such additional items and their due dates will form part of the overall assessment.

Project 1 
Due week 06

Project 2 
Due week 15

Knowledge Test 1
Due week 11

Knowledge Test 2
Due week 16

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

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


The major aspect of your 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 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 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 summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-­digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e­Submission process. Information regarding the e­Submission process


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: Work submitted late will be assessed for competency only. Submissions are 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. Academic Integrity

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