Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: VART6274C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4312 - Certificate IV in Photo Imaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Rob Gale
Phone: 9925 4142

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

In this course you will gain skills and knowledge needed to produce digital images for electronic media or print output.
You will be working independently on your projects with supervision and guidance as required.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDIG401A Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images


1. Develop proficiency with a range of digital imaging techniques and media

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Evaluate the potential for new approaches to digital imaging based on capabilities of techniques already used
1.2. Adapt or introduce new tools, equipment and materials to achieve different effects
1.3. Extend the capabilities of digital imaging techniques through experimentation
1.4. Take account of the safety and sustainability considerations for different techniques and media


2. Develop ideas for digital imaging

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Articulate creative and other goals for digital image work
2.2. Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property requirements
2.3. Apply knowledge of different digital imaging techniques to inform ideas
2.4. Allow techniques and ideas to work together to inform each other
2.5. Consider the professional potential and other criteria for work when developing ideas
2.6. Refine and confirm ideas based on experimentation, research and collaboration with others


3. Organise digital imaging resources

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Assess specific resource requirements for the chosen work
3.2. Research and access potential sources of supply for digital imaging resources
3.3. Evaluate cost and other constraints that impact on the development of work
3.4. Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations for finished digital images
3.5. Set up or coordinate resource requirements according to safety and other workplace requirements


4. Create finished digital images

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Create digital images, using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation
4.2. Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with the production of work
4.3. Use safe and sustainable work practices throughout the production of work
4.4. Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that inform it


5. Evaluate own digital imaging work

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Reflect on own work in terms of conceptual development and technical execution
5.2. Identify areas for future improvement especially in terms of own skill development
5.3. Discuss completed work with others and respond positively to feedback

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. You will be able to employ industry level digital techniques to process, enhance, mask and manipulate a broad range of digital photographic files.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities include but are not limited to:
peer teaching and class presentations
group discussion
online research
independent project based work
teacher directed group activities/projects class exercises to review discussions/lectures

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentAssessment DueElements
1Introduction: Course, Assignments, class culture, safe-working procedures.
Tute demo - HDR Tute demo - Transform
Tute demo – Channel Masking Intro 1 – Using Apply Levels & Brush/Overlay Mode
Assign Food &Architecture SET1,2,3,4
2Tute demo – Channel Masking Intro 2 – Using Calculations,
Tute demo – Channel Masking 3
Formative Assessments
Channel Mask 01
3Tute demo – Channel Masking 4
Students to work in class on assignments with supervision
Channel Mask 02
Channel Mask 03
4Students to work in class on assignments with supervisionChannel Mask 041,2,3,4
5Students to work in class on assignments with supervision 1,2,3,4
6Students to work in class on assignments with supervision 1,2,3,4
7Students to work in class on assignments with supervision 1,2,3,4
8Class Review of assignments 1& 2 Resulting outputs are compared to original brief
Glassware Assignment - Tute demo to develop ideas & inform execution
Assign Food &Architecture DUE

Assign Glassware & Fashion/Portrait SET



9Tute demo – Channel Masking – Masking 5
Tute demo – Channel Masking – Masking 6
Class Exercises in masking
10Tute demo – Channel Masking – Masking 7 – Pen Tool
Students to work in class on assignments with supervision
Channel Mask 051,2,3,4
11Post Product of student assignment – Masking to control highlight blow outs & Using channels to add contrast to flat portraitsChannel Mask 06
Channel Mask 07
12Students to work in class on assignments with supervision 1,2,3,4
13Students to work in class on assignments with supervision 1,2,3,4
14Students to work in class on assignments with supervision 1,2,3,4
15Students to work in class on assignments with supervision 1,2,3,4
16Assessment and review of student assignments
Resulting outputs are compared to original brief
Assign Glassware & Fashion/Portrait DUE5
17Assessment and review  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Galer M., Andrews P., 2010, Photoshop CS5- Essential Skills, Focal Press


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

250 – 500Gb Personal hard drive

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a series of practical tasks and photography projects.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

Formative Assessment – (Ungraded)

High Dynamic Range (image contrast blending)

Image Transform (correction of vertical and horizontal lines using PS)

Channel Mask 01

Channel Mask 02

Channel Mask 03

Channel Mask 04

Create a poster for a food festival - Due Week 8

Create a display prints for an Architectural company exhibition – Due Week 8

Channel Mask 05

Channel Mask 06

Channel Mask 07

All of the masking formative assignment above explore different techniques and tools to achieve industry standard results

Summative Assessments (Graded)
Summative assessments of the 2 assignments below are averaged to produce the final grade.

Photography of glassware for advertisement - DUE Week 16

Fashion layout or editorial story of an artist - DUE Week 16

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competent achieved grade
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

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

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.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

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:

Course Assessment Committee/Program Advisory Board
These committees promote the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The Course Assessment Committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University.

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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