Course Title: Research and apply techniques for illustrative work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: GRAP9427C

Course Title: Research and apply techniques for illustrative work

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4158 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Annette Cook

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ann Langusch

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 course covers the skills and knowledge required to research and apply techniques for application to any type of illustrative work. The focus of the course is on a general, introductory knowledge of illustrative work and its practical application.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDSP11A Research and apply techniques for illustrative work


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 illustration 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


Organise resources for illustrative work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Correctly identify the resources required for 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


Produce the 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 the illustrative work based on testing processes


Test design approaches for 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 specifications

Learning Outcomes

1 Interpret the brief for the illustrative work
2 Organise resources for illustrative work
3 Test design approaches for illustrative work
4 Produce the illustrative work

Details of Learning Activities

This course is conducted in a computer lab and studio, with exercises and projects involving both photography, digital manipulation of images and manual production. Exercises and projects in creating bitmap based images from hand-drawn marks and vector images from bitmap images (photos) will feature. It also involves active research and theory tutorials.

Teaching Schedule

Certificate IV in Design C4158
Student Learning Program

DIG IMAGE                        COLOUR                       ILLUSTRATION
CUFIMA01A                      CUVDES04A                CUVDSP11A   
1.1-5,2.1-9,3.1-5               1.1-2,2.1-7                      1.1-4,2.1-3,3.1-6, 4.1-3

Week 1    Orientation week    

Week 2    Brief 1 A set of exercises and short projects.                                    
                   Use Photography, Photoshop, and InDesign to compose a sequence of digital images on Family Footprints theme.
Week 3    
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7    Brief 2 Illustrator exercises followed by Illustrator project: Produce vector self portrait
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11    AG Ideas Conference
Week 12
Week 13    Brief 3 Exercise: Produce Colour Inventory.
                    Project: Digitally colour layers of hand drawn marks.
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Week 18
Week 19    Folio review week


Week 1    Brief 4 Use a range of prescribed media to illustrate Family Footprints theme
Week 2    
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5    Brief 5 Produce illustrative text in low relief for booklet cover
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9    Brief 6 Produce booklet from Family Footprints illustrations.
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15    Folio Submission
Week 16    Folio collection

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The assessment breakdown will be as follows:
6 x briefs

Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress, within class time and when the projects/exercises are assessed after submission.
A final assessment of Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent will be given at the end of the course when students submit all completed work. A graded assessment will also occur for this course.
To be deemed competent in the course students must demonstrate competence in all Elements and related Performance Criteria.
This unit is delivered in the DIGITAL STUDIO in combination with ’Integrate colour theory’, ’Manipulate digital images’.

Assessment Tasks

6 briefs in total when co-delivered with Illustration and Integrate colour theory.
Briefs 1- 5 15%
Brief 6 25%

Assessment Matrix

HD High Distinction = 80-100%
DI Distinction = 70 -79%
CR Credit = 60 - 69%
PA Pass (Higher Grade Available) = 50 -59%
PX Pass (No Higher Grade Available) -
NN Fail = 0 - 49%
NYC(not yet competent)
CA (competency achieved)

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.
Late submissions and single item extensions
In all courses marks are deducted for late submission unless Special Consideration or an Application for Extension is sought. If a student feels they may miss a deadline for a single item submission they may negotiate an extension with their teacher. They must negotiate the extension by the due date of submission. They must complete the Application for Extension form available for the Administration Office on level 3 B515. (This does not apply where there are a number of missed submissions due to general difficulties – see Special Consideration).
Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for ever piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges they are aware of the plagiarism implications noted below.
Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Is also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.
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.
Course guide is subject to change in relation to project variations.

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