Course Title: Produce and prepare photo images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART6043C

Course Title: Produce and prepare photo images

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

Nominal Hours: 20

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 required to prepare photo images for integration into an interactive media sequence or product.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDIG303A Produce and prepare photo images


1. Use scanner to capture photo images.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Source and select appropriate photographic images according to requirements of photographic project brief.
1.2 Discuss selection of images with relevant personnel .
1.3 Assess scanner features to ensure that outcomes will meet the requirements of brief.
1.4 Operate scanner according to manufacturer specifications.
1.5 Select scanner settings to ensure image capture meets production requirements.
1.6 Transfer and store photographic image files to a computer using standard naming conventions.


2. Use digital camera to create photo images.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Discuss photographic project brief with relevant personnel.
2.2 Assess digital camera features to ensure that outcomes will meet the requirements of brief.
2.3 Plan camera shots taking into account lighting, framing, composition and other photographic techniques.
2.4 Load and operate digital camera according to manufacturer specifications.
2.5 Consider digital camera focus, exposure and shutter speed to ensure image capture meets production requirements.
2.6 Check photographic images for fitness of purpose to comply with brief.
2.7 Transfer and store photographic image files to a computer using standard naming conventions


3. Edit photo images. 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Load digital imaging software and import photo image source files.
3.2 Manipulate and save digital images using designated digital imaging software.
3.3 Create photo images that incorporate visual design and communication principles using designated digital imaging software.
3.4 Evaluate the outcome for visual impact, effectiveness and fitness for purpose.
3.5 Confirm outcome with relevant personnel.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in classes in computer lab, studio and location photography, use of camera systems and image editing software, exercises, projects, presentations & workshops.
Some learning activities will include a self directed learning approach. Self-directed learning refers to organised teacher-directed learning activities that you will undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students. This may include workplace research, library assignments and fieldwork.

Teaching Schedule

WeekTuesdaySemester 1 ProgramLearning Elements
115 FebIntro to computer Labs, digital processes, storage.4.3,4.4
222 FebPhoto retouching activity. Introduction to Photoshop and InDesign. 
Exercise 1 Portraits x 4. Shoot and upload photos, process in Photoshop and  digitally manipulate colours. Collate images in InDesign.1.1-2, 1.6, 2.1-7, 3.1-5, 4.1-4
31 MarProject 1: Photo essay. Location shoot for essays on found colour.
1.1-2, 1.6, 2.1-7, 3.1-5, 4.1-4
48 MarProject 1 cont’d. Upload and file images, using Bridge. Collate and output sets of images as pdf.  "
515 MarProject 2 Colourize scanned marks. Mark making in wet media, scan, colourize and construct layered images in Photoshop.1.1-6, 3.1-5, 4.1-4
622 MarProject 2 cont’d"

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

1 exercise 
2 projects

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

Exercise 1: Produce and manipulate portrait photos, experiment with colour effects, collate and present as packaged inDesign document.

Project 1: Photo essay on topic of ’found colour’. Assessment in class of digital processes, including use of Adobe Bridge for assembling collections. Assessment of final submission based on satisfactory completion of prescribed technical tasks.

Project 2: Production of set of layered abstract images in Photoshop from wet media marks. Assessment of final packaged InDesign submission based on satisfactory completion of prescribed technical tasks, and evidence of application of Design principles in production of imagery.

Assessment criteria for each task (linked to Learning outcomes) detailed in written briefs.

Assessment Matrix

Mark Table

CHD    Competency with High Distinction
CDI    Competency with Distinction
CC    Competency with Credit
CA    Competency Achieved
NYC    Not Yet Competent

Other Information

Employability skills are “embedded” in the units of competency in your program. This means that you will be able to develop these skills as part of your learning, and when you demonstrate that you are competent in your particular job skills and knowledge, you are also demonstrating that you have developed relevant employability skills.
For more information about Employability Skills please refer to the Program Guide.

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 1 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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