Course Title: Research and apply techniques for illustrative work
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2009
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 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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
1.1 Correctly interpret the specifications of the brief
Organise resources for illustrative work
2.1 Correctly identify the resources required for illustrative work, including work space, materials, tools and equipment
Produce the illustrative work
3.1 Produce a preliminary visual representation of the brief
Test design approaches for illustrative work
4.1 Select and organise materials, tools and techniques for the production of the illustrative work in accordance with the preferred approach
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.
1 9 Feb Overview of Illustration briefs, computer use, software.
2 16 Feb Introductory Photoshop exercise on image retouching. Brief 1a (Exercises) Start set of exercises and short projects. Digital camera use, file sizes, digital protocols, file saving. Digital colour functions in P’shop. Intro to Colour theory. Explore colour harmonies in P’shop, intro to illustration techniques.
3 23 Feb Brief 1a (Exercises) Continue set of exercises and short projects. Explore colour harmonies in Photoshop. Use Photoshop to manipulate 3 dimensions of colour.
4 2 Mar Brief 1a (Exercises) Complete set of exercises and short projects. Address file formats, digital colour functions in Photoshop. Apply colour schemes to greyscale images.
5 9 Mar Public Holiday No class
6 16 Mar Brief 1b Project. Use Photography and scanning to gather imagery. Use Photoshop and InDesign to produce sequence of layered images on family history theme. Interpret and execute llustration brief.
7 23 Mar Brief 1b Project. Use Photography and scanning to gather imagery. Use Photoshop and InDesign to produce sequence of layered images on family history theme. Interpret and execute illustration brief. Submit Brief 1 digitally
8 30 Mar Brief 2a Exercises. Illustrator exercises to develop technical skill for illustration. Pen tool, colour functions in Illustrator.
9 6 Apr Brief 2a Exercises. Illustrator exercises to develop technical skill for illustration. Pen tool, layers, colour functions in Illustrator
10 20 April Brief 2b Project: Produce vector self portrait. Begin with sequence of photographic templates.
11 27 April Brief 2b Project: Produce vector self portrait using Pen tool in Illustrator, applying and manipulating colour to model form.
12 4 May Brief 2b Project: Produce vector self portrait using Pen too in Illustrator, applying and manipulating colour to model form.
13 11 May Brief 3a Exercise: Scan model colour scheme and produce Colour Inventory in Photoshop. Apply colour scheme to greyscale images in InDesign
14 18 May Brief 3b Project: Produce and scan hand drawn marks, calculating scanning resolution requirements.
15 25 May Brief 3b Project: Digitally composit and colour scanned layers of hand drawn marks.
16 1 June Brief 3b Project: Digitally composit and colour scanned layers of hand drawn marks.
17 8 June Public Holiday No class
18 15 June Folio review week
1 6 Jul Brief 4 Use scanning and photography to capture textures and surfaces evoking the past and present. Close up studio photography, location shoots.
2 13 Jul Brief 4 as above
3 20 Jul Brief 4 Process above images and construct a sequence to illustrate the theme.
4 27 Jul Brief 4 as above
5 3 Aug 9 Aug RMIT Open Day Brief 3 Rework: Rework vector self portrait, editing colours and producing background and graphic treatments to finalize illustration.
6 10 Aug Brief 5 Produce illustrations contrasting the past and present. Produce line drawings.
7 17 Aug Brief 5 Produce illustrations contrasting the past and present. Produce line drawings.
8 24 Aug Brief 5 Combine line work with areas of colour.
9 31 Aug Brief 5 Combine line work with areas of colour to produce finished illustrations.
10 7 Sept Brief 6 Produce title graphics sequence for booklet.Text to be produced in low relief, stencil or similar.
11 14 Sept Brief 6 as above. Format graphic sequence for booklet.
12 5 Oct Brief 7 Produce booklet from Past and Present illustrations. Use colour to integrate pages into cohesive sequence.
13 12 Oct Brief 7 Produce booklet from Past and Present illustrations. Sequence pages and produce any additional material required to support the theme.
14 19 Oct Brief 7 Produce booklet from Past and Present illustrations. Booklet imposition, double sided printing.
15 26 Oct Brief 7 Produce booklet from Past and Present illustrations. Book binding and construction. Produce material in alternative formats, eg A3 pages, suitable for folio, or slideshow.
Submit Brief 7 as bound booklet
16 2 Nov – No Monday class this week. Folio submission Thursday.
17 9 Nov Folio and marks collection. Folio Review.
18 16 Nov Folio Review
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’.
The assessment breakdown: The following table shows the percentage of the final mark allocated to each competency in the 7 Digital Studio briefs:
Manip. Dig Image Integrate Colour Illustration
Brief 1 (Family history) 10 15 5
Brief 2 (Vector portrait) 20 10
Brief 3 (Coloured layers) 15 20
Brief 4 (Photos then/now) 25 10
Brief 5 (Line illust’ns) 35
Brief 6 (Title sequence) 30
Brief 7 (Booklet) 50 45 10
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)
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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