Course Title: Research and apply techniques for illustrative work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: GRAP5308C

Course Title: Research and apply techniques for illustrative work

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4158 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Ann Langusch

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9426

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Certificate IV in Design Accelerated group commencing July

Abby Seymour


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 to research and apply techniques for application to any type of illustrative work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDSP11B Research and apply techniques for illustrative work


1. Interpret the brief for the illustrative work.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly interpret the specifications of the brief.
1.2 Determine the user or client for the illustrative work to
inform design decisions.
1.3 Clarify specifications, parameters or constraints of the
brief in consultation with relevant colleagues.
1.4 Source and evaluate information pertinent to the brief.


2. Organise resources for illustrative work.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Correctly identify the resources required for the
development of illustrative work, including work space,
materials, tools and equipment.
2.2 Prepare and care for resources in accordance with safety
requirements and organisational requirements.
2.3 Follow storage and inventory procedures in accordance
with organisational procedures.


3. Test design approaches for illustrative work.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Produce a preliminary visual representation of the brief.
3.2 Identify possible approaches to the work and establish
criteria for the selection of the final approach.
3.3 Select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for the
testing of approaches and techniques.
3.4 Test and experiment with a range of techniques and
materials which might meet the requirements of the brief.
3.5 Evaluate testing processes against selection criteria and
select the preferred approach based on the requirements
of the brief.
3.6 Refine and accurately document approach to the
illustrative work based on testing processes.


4. Produce the illustrative work.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Select and organise materials, tools and techniques for
the production of the illustrative work in accordance with
the preferred approach.
4.2 Develop the illustrative work ensuring consistency with the
selected approach and the brief.
4.3 Present the illustrative work in accordance with the brief

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

  • Classroom exercises
  • On sight drawing activities
  • Exploration of drawing materials
  • Exploration of drawing techniques
  • Applying appropriate drawings materials  to represent a concept
  • Applying appropriate drawing techniques to represent a concept
  • Development of a concept with research appropriate to the concept
  • Respond to an illustration brief
  • Produce illustrations
  • Some learning activities will include a self-directed learning approach. Self directed learning refers to organised teacher-directed learning activities that students undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students. This may include workplace research, library assignments, fieldwork and work placements.

Teaching Schedule

 Week Activities

Drawing Performance criteria


Illustration Performance criteria

 1 Exercise 1 - Introduction to drawing
Pencil, charcoal
Sketchbook Journal requirements
 1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 2.1-3.5
2Exercise 2 - line and contour
Texta, pencil
1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 2.1-3.5
3Exercise 3 - line and contour - drawing at the Zoo
Texta, pencil
4Exercise 4 - Structural drawing
1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 2.1-3.5
5Exercise 5 - tone and form
1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 2.1-3.5
6Exercise 6 - light, tone and form
1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 2.1-3.5
7Exercise 7 - Perspective
1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 2.1-3.5
8Exercise 8 - Pen and wash
Pen, ink, brush
 1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 2.1-3.5
9Project 1 - Drawing for illustration1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 1.1 -4.2
10Project 1 - Drawing for illustration1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 1.1 -4.2
11Project 1 - Drawing for illustration1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 1.1 -4.2
12Project 1 - Drawing for illustration1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 1.1 -4.3
13Project 1 - Drawing for illustration Submission1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 1.1 -4.3
14Project 2 -Editorial illustration1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 1.1 -4.2
15 Project 2 -Editorial illustration 1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 1.1 -4.2
16 Project 2 -Editorial illustration1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 1.1 -4.2
17Project 2 -Editorial illustration1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.5 1.1 -4.2
18Project 2 -Editorial illustration 1.1-1.4;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.4 1.1 -4.3

Project 2 -Editorial illustration Submission

Submission of folio of exercises and sketchbook

 1.1 -4.3
20Collection of submitted work  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Drawing materials and equipment to be brought to class on advice from the instructor and in line with the materials fee and kit list.

Overview of Assessment




Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress, within class time.
A final assessment of Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent will be given at the end of the course when students will submit all completed work.
To be deemed competent students must satisfactorily complete all Learning Elements and related Performance Criteria.
Grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Assessment Tasks

8 Exercises 50%
2 Projects 40%
Journal 10%

Assessment Matrix

CHDCompetency with High Distinction
CDI Competency with Distinction
CC Competency with Credit
CAG Competency
Achieved Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
 DNS Did Not Submit

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio 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.
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:

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Please refer to the following URL for further information regarding plagiarism.

Work not seen in progress
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues.

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