Course Title: Capture a digital image

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: COSC6060C

Course Title: Capture a digital image

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4281 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft

Course Contact : Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:ninna.cikoja@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kirsten Lyttle

kirsten.lyttle@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 40

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

There are no pre-requisites for thsi course.

Course Description

In this course you will develop skills and knowledge required to explore technologies available to artists working in any digital media. Given the rapid pace of change and technology, one focus of this course is on exploring industry trends whilst maintaining currency.

In this course you will develop skills and knowledge required to;
• Produce digital images to reflect a concept brief
• Understand material and equipment requirements to meet fulfill the brief.

You will develop the ability to;
• Demonstrate the use of tools, equipment and materials to produce digital images.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICPMM321C Capture a digital image

Element:

1. Prepare and maintain physical resources for the production of digital images.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly identify and select equipment and materials required for the production of digital images.
1.2 Prepare and maintain equipment and materials in accordance with relevant workplace procedures and safety requirements.
1.3 Organise and maintain work space so that it remains clean and safe.
1.4 Store equipment and materials in accordance with relevant workplace procedures and safety requirements.

Element:

2. Use and test digital imaging techniques.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Safely use techniques for the production of digital images.
2.2 Use and test nominated techniques to determine the capability of the technique and its application.

Element:

3. Produce digital images.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Determine concept for the proposed digital images based on own ideas or supplied information.
3.2 Correctly identify the steps and resources required to produce the proposed digital images.
3.3 Select appropriate equipment and materials for the specific digital images.
3.4 Use techniques and materials safely to produce the final digital imaging work.


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the capacity of a digital camera
  • Produce a photographic image that meets the requirements of a brief.
  • Use digital camera functions to capture the required image
  • Capture a digital image using a digital camera and negotiate appropriate printing
  • Assess the capacity of, and operate, a digital camera to upload and process digital images using industry hardware and software to deliver a quality image.

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Fundamental digital art technologies
  • Develop workshop and portfolio skills.


Details of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a studio and lecture theatre. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
•Lectures
•Teacher directed group activities/projects
•Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
•Peer teaching and class presentations
•Group discussion
•Class exercises to review discussions/lectures

2. Out-of-class activities include:
•Reading articles
•Preparing for discussion
•Independent research exploring contemporary art to inform your practice


Teaching Schedule

 

WeekCourse contentTask / Assessment due datesElements
1Outline course and requirements
Class talk: Introduction
OH&S requirements, materials and tools, studio rules and guidelines.
• Learning outcomes
• Assessment criteria
Presentation on relevant artists
Discussion
Identify parts and safety operate camera
Maintain and prepare photographic equipment
 
1:1.1, 1.2, 4.1,4.2
2Using a digital camera
Tools and techniques
 
1. What is meant by pixel resolution and how does this affect the resolution of the image?
2. Why is the RAM capacity of a digital camera relevant?
3. Why are shutter speed and focal lengths important to check when capturing a digital image?
4. What are the safety requirements for handling and storing lithium batteries?
 
2,1,2.2
3Using a digital camera
How to compose a photo
 
 

2,1,2.2, 2.3

3.1, 3.2, 3.3

4Field trip/research/presentation  
5Project 1 - Movement assignment1. The photographed image meets the quality and look/feel requirements of the brief. The digital camera functions are used to capture the required image.
2. The underlying skills of capturing a digital image using a digital camera should be transferable across the associated sectors of the printing industry.
3. Demonstrate an ability to find and use information relevant to the task from a variety of information sources.
 
2,1,2.2, 2.3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6 
6 Project 1 - Movement assignment  
7 Project 1 - Movement assignment  
8 Uploading and processing digital images using a computer 1. How is the data uploaded to a computer from the computer card interface/disk?
2. What is the process for filing and creating photographic image files on the computer?
3. What is required to enhance, crop and alter photographic images electronically?
4. What considerations need to be made to assess a digital photograph suitable for a newspaper, glossy brochure and CD-ROM?
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6  
9 Information sources 1. What manuals, safety and other documentation are relevant to this task and where are they kept?
2. What information is included in these documents?
3. What other sources of information are available?
 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5
10 Lighting Discussion about artificial lighting.
Direct (main) fill in lighting/fill reflector.
 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
11Project 2 – depth of field assignment
• Outline requirements
• Create work in response to brief
• Present outcome
Assess the capacity of, and operate, a digital camera to upload and process THREE digital images using industry hardware and software to deliver a designated quality of image outcome. 4.1, 4.2, 4.3
12 Project 2 – depth of field assignment
• Outline requirements
• Create work in response to brief
• Present outcome
  4.1, 4.2, 4.3
13 Project 2 – depth of field assignment
• Outline requirements
• Create work in response to brief
• Present outcome
  
  Mid Semester Break  
14 Project 2 – depth of field assignment
• Outline requirements
• Create work in response to brief
• Present outcome
  
15 Project 2 - Presentations  4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6
16 Project 3 – Grey card assignment
•Outline requirements
•Create work in response to brief
•Present outcome
  3.1,3.2,3.3
17 Project 3 - Grey card assignment  
18 Project 3 - Grey card assignment  
19 Revision project 1-3  1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6
20 Folio Week – independent work  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.

You will also be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit galleries outside of your learning environment. RMIT School of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.
 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment requires completion of a series of projects developing a folio that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a digital studio.

Critical aspects of assessment for this unit include:

  • production of digital images which demonstrate a command of nominated techniques and which reflect the concept;
  • general knowledge of materials and equipment used in digital imaging work;
  • practical demonstration of skills using required tools, equipment and materials to produce multiple digital images.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter (http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc .’
 


Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks Semester 2:
1. Project 1: Movement assignment
Due Date: W9

2. Project 2: Depth of field assignment
Due Date: W15

3. Project 3
Due Date: W19

4. Folio & Visual Diary
Due date : W23

Final Folio & Visual Diary Submission: Week 23
Your folio should include all assessment tasks, visual diary should contain assigned tasks and identify contemporary art refences.

Graded Mark Table
GradeOutlineGradingCriteria (see table below)
CHD     Competent with high distinction     80 - 100Highly developed
CDI        Competent with distinction             70 - 79Well developed
CC        Competent with credit                   60 - 69Developed
CAG     Competent achieved - graded       50 - 59Sound
NYC      Not Yet Competent
DNS      Did not submit for assessment


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program Administration.

Other Information

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.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Plagiarism
RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;
Please noteWhile your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.
 

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