Course Title: Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: GRAP5312C

Course Title: Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4322 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Leigh Milward

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9426

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 is delivered and assessed in conjunction with VART6281 Digital imaging techniques

Course Description

In this course, you will look at the use of creative thinking techniques and the role of experimentation and primary design research in 2 dimensional design. Part of this process will be the production of preliminary sketches and peer assessment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES302A Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms


1.Source information on 2-dimensional design

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Identify and access relevant sources of information on 2-dimensional design
1.2. Evaluate and collate information to build a knowledge of 2-dimensional design


2. Explore the creative design process for 2-dimensional forms

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Use creative thinking techniques to generate a range of ideas and options
2.2. Use experimentation to explore and challenge a range of different ideas
2.3. Challenge assumptions, reflect on ideas and refine approaches
2.4. Consciously change perspective, and evaluate ideas and situations in new ways


3. Communicate concepts or ideas through application of design processes to 2-dimensional forms

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Investigate and reflect on how a particular concept or idea might be communicated in a 2-dimensional form
3.2. Select materials, tools and equipment relevant to the realisation of the concept or idea
3.3. Apply a creative design process to produce a range of 2-dimensional concept realisations
3.4. Reflect on own application of design process and success in communicating the concept or idea
3.5. Seek and obtain feedback from others about the 2-dimensional form and its success in communicating the concept or idea
3.6. Present and store concept realisations or samples in a format which takes account of the need for professional presentation and potential value for future work

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio and computer laboratory using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities will include:
• lectures
• design games
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion and participation
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects

Out of class activities will include:
• lectures
• excursions
• independent project based work
• Gallery visits/Conferences
• Online research

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While 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.


Week 1: Introduction

Lab introduction, orientation to program

Week 2: Formative Task 1 (Part 1)

Identifying sources of information. Linked to Formative Task 1 (1.1, 1.2)

Week 3: Formative Task 1 (Part 2)

Creative Thinking techniques. Linked to Formative Task 1 (1.1, 1.2, 2.1–4)

Week 4: Formative Task 1(Part 3)

Concepts and visualisation for modular stamp design. Linked to Formative Task 2 (1.1–2, 2.1–4, 3.1–6)

Week 5: Formative Task 2

Modular stamp design. Experimentation with drawing techniques. In-class observation of initiative and enterprise.  (1.1–2, 2.2–4, 3.1–2)

Week 6: Formative Task 2

Production of stamps. (3.2–3)

Week 7: Formative Task 2

Experimentation with materials. Sample of experiments due at the start of class next week. (2.1–4)

Week 8: Formative Task 2

Production of final design. In-class feedback on experimentation. (2.1–4)

Week 9: Formative Task 2

Self-reflection on time-management. (3.3–6)

Week 10: Formative Task 2

Presenting and storing work. Samples and final outcome will be photographed. In-class feed back from peers and instructor. Debrief. Introduction to Summative Task 1.

Week 11: Summative Task 1

Reviewing the semester so far. Planning for Summative Task 1. (1.1, 2.1-4, 3.1, 3.4)

Week 12: Summative Task 1

Excursion. Primary research activity and observational drawings for Summative task 1. (1.1–2, 2.3–4, 3.1)

Week 13: Summative Task 1

Produce lino designs for production. Lino must be cut in time for the strat of class for the following week. (1.1–2, 2.3–4, 3.1)

Week 14: Summative Task 1

Begin producing prints. Experimentation with printing techniques. Group work in experimentation. In-class feedback on quality of prints and cut.(2.4, 3.2-3, 3.5)

Week 15: Summative Task 1

Production of final prints. In-class feedback on quality of prints and cut. Folio of prints due next week. (3.5-.6)

Week 16: Summative Task 1

Presentation and recording of final work. Work not photographed, archived and presented by the end of this week is not considered complete. (3.5-6)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


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

Other Resources

You will be required to bring along items to particualr sessions from the Certificate IV in Design Kit List. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will practical tasks and projects.
Assessment tasks are:
Project 1 50%
Project 2 50%

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

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 and have a satisfactory outcome in the summative assessments.

Formative Task 1 - Week 2-4

Formative Task 1 is a series of short exercises designed to familiarise you with the requirements of experimenting and applying the design process in 2D design: identifying sources of information, creative thinking techniques, sketching concepts and visualisation of ideas. Aspects of this task will be incorporated into Formative Task 2. All exercises must be completed. Aspects of your work and in-class process will be used to determine your feedback for the employability skills in Summative Task 1.

Formative Task 2: Modular stamp design - Due week 10

Formative Task 2 will involve using the techniques covered in Formative Task 1 to a 2D design project. The project will involve coming up with a modular design that can be applied in a repeated pattern with variations. You will receive feedback on your process throughout the project in a variety of ways, including feedback from your teacher, peer feedback and self-reflection and self-assessment. Feedback will cover the quality of your work, the effectiveness and thoroughness of your design process as well as a demonstration of skills relevant to a typical design workplace (employability skills). This will be assessed through a combination of in-class observation, analysis of your work, similation of typical studio practice and direct questioning. Aspects of your work and in-class process will be used to determine your feedback for the employability skills in Summative Task 1.

Summative Task 1: Lino print - Due week 16

Summative Task 1 is the major project for the subject and will determine your grade. In this project, you will create a lino print and experiiment with different techniques, inks and substrates. You will produce a series of prints. The lino print will be thematically linked and based on an observational drawing and primary research.

This project will also simulate workplace conditions and the employability skills will form part of your assessment as part of the ongoing assessment of employability skills. This includes an ability to work under limited supervision, organisation of resources and time management,

See the summative assessment matrix for more information.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

CHDCompetent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYCNot 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 from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.


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.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress 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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

Cover Sheet for Submissions

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

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