Course Title: Refine digital art techniques

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: VART6442C

Course Title: Refine digital art techniques

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

Simon Rankin

Nominal Hours: 80

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 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:

CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques


1 Research digital media ideas and techniques

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Support professional practice by expanding own knowledge of historical and contemporary digital media practice 1.2 Research ways that other artists have used different digital media techniques 1.3 Investigate how particular digital media techniques work to achieve different technical effects 1.4 Evaluate the relationships between digital media techniques and ideas 1.5 Adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches with consideration of intellectual property requirements


2 Select digital media techniques for refinement

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Consider the opportunities offered by different digital media techniques 2.2 Determine limitations and constraints of particular techniques 2.3 Select digital media techniques for refinement


3 Consolidate digital media technique to professional level

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Establish and follow safe work practices for selected techniques 3.2 Develop increasing confidence and skill through practice and experimentation 3.3 Proactively identify and resolve technical problems in digital media projects based on developing expertise 3.4 Challenge and test ideas, and allow new and unpredictable ideas to emerge 3.5 Evolve ideas and other professional skills through ongoing experimentation with technique 3.6 Develop own ways of working with techniques to create individual style 3.7 Create a coherent body of digital media work that shows command of selected digital media techniques


4 Evaluate own digital media technique

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Evaluate development of own technique with others and seek feedback 4.2 Seek and participate in conversations that challenge and explore different concepts and approaches 4.3 Reflect on the particular ways that experimentation with different techniques has informed own work 4.4 Identify ways in which technique may be further developed as part of a professional practice and build ideas into future work

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place either online, or 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 will include:

  • demonstrations and presentations by teacher
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities will include:

  • independent project based work
  • online tutorials and activities
  • independent research
  • studio practice
  • review and revision

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.


Session Description



Welcome to Refine Digital Art Techniques - course introduction

 In-Class Safety Quiz


AT1 - Research

The potential of masks 



AT1 - Research

Uber selection tool 

AT1 - Research DUE


AT2 Development Folio:

Smarter not harder 



AT2 Development Folio:

One more mask, vectors 



AT2 Development Folio:

New life, Part 1 



AT2 Development Folio:

New life, Part 2 







Product title & quantity graphic 




Product Illustration




Feedback, reflection & submission 

 AT3: FMCG Packaging Artwork DUE


AT2 Development Folio

Third dimension



AT2 Development Folio

3D resources 



AT2 Development Folio

Final folio piece 



AT2 Development Folio


 AT2: Technique Development Folio DUE


AT1, AT2, AT3

Student feedback, consultation 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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:
Learning exercises

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

Assessment Tasks

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 3 Assessment Tasks, all of which must be completed/submitted. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Project 1: Research - Digital Art Techniques
Due week 6.

Project 2: Technique Development Folio
Due week 11

Project 3: FMCG Packaging Artwork
Due week 15 

At the completion of the course you will be assessed for competency.

Competency assessment is as follows:

CA Competency Achieved 
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 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 gain the competency.

Feedback - 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

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 competency assessment. 
Submissions that are assessed as Not Satisfactory can be re-submitted once and this is only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.

Cover Sheet for Submissions 
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Submission cover sheet

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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