Course Title: Produce prints

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: VART6247C

Course Title: Produce prints

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4311 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8096

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jennifer Mills

Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to use techniques, materials and equipment for the production of prints. As such the unit covers general knowledge and the application of basic techniques. It is a specialisation unit and refers to a specific art form.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRI301A Produce prints


1. Plan printmaking work through exploration

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore printmaking ideas and techniques in consultation with key people as required
1.2 Review historical and contemporary printmaking practice as potential sources of ideas
1.3 Clarify ideas for prints based on exploration and discussion
1.4 Assess the capabilities of printmaking techniques through practice and adaptation
1.5 Select techniques that best support the ideas for the work


2. Prepare, maintain and store printmaking resources

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select and organise printmaking tools, equipment and materials suited to the chosen work
2.2 Prepare and maintain resources based on the needs of the work
2.3 Take responsibility for the safe and sustainable use of resources
2.4 Store resources according to the needs of different items


3. Create finished prints

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Safely use and adapt printmaking techniques to create desired effects
3.2 Review work in progress and make adjustments as required to produce final work
3.3 Add value to the current work process and future work by documenting the work progress
3.4 Liaise with others to obtain feedback on work in terms of its technical proficiency and success in communicating ideas

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide you with a focus on the acquisition of essential industry skills.

On completion of this course you will be able to:
•Prepare and maintain physical resources for the production of prints
•Use and test print making techniques
•Produce prints.

You  will also have an understanding of:
•Occupational health and safety procedures
•Physical properties and capabilities of the most commonly used materials, tools and equipment
•Techniques, materials and tools and the way they can be adapted and extended in print making work
•Approaches to print making and the work of key practitioners
•Elements and principles of design (introductory level)
•Historical and theoretical contexts (introductory level)
•Copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues.

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 be expected to make use of the library resources.

In this course, you learn through:

1. In-class activities:

Teacher directed group activities/projects
Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
Group discussion
Studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:

Practical exercises
Preparing for discussion
Project work
Independent research

Teaching Schedule

Week Class content Task Elements
1 Introduction to course and workshop requirements
Studio OH&S

A folio of work that is created during the semester
will be presented during week 20
2 Project Brief 1 - Monochromatic lino 1/2
3 Project Brief 1 - Monochromatic lino 1/2
4 Project Brief 1 - Monochromatic lino 1/2
5 Project Brief 1 - Monochromatic lino 1-3
6 Project Brief 2 - Drypoint Etching 1/2
7 Project Brief 2 - Drypoint Etching 1/2
8 Project Brief 2 - Drypoint Etching 1/2
9 Project Brief 2 - Drypoint Etching 1-3
10 Project Brief 2 - Drypoint Etching 1-3
20 Folio assessment 1-3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.

Assessment Tasks

Project Brief 1 – Monochromatic Lino Print
Production of print which demonstrates a highly developed command of the selected techniques and which is consistent with the conceptual vision
Due date: Week 20

Project Brief 2 – Drypoint Etching
In depth knowledge of techniques, materials and tools and the ways they may be adapted and extended.
Due date: Week 20

Assessment Matrix

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

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