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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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, workshop or classroom 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 may include:

  • class exercises
  • tutorials
  • practical demonstrations
  • workshops
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities may include:

  • independent research
  • independent project based work
  • studio practice
  • online tutorials and activities
  • review and revision

Teaching Schedule

 Note: this course for Certificate IV in Design (Accelerated) is integrated with other units.

<thead> <th height="50" align="center" valign="middle" bgcolor="#ffff99" scope="col">Week</th> <th height="50" align="center" valign="middle" bgcolor="#ffff99" scope="col">Activity</th> <th height="50" align="center" valign="middle" bgcolor="#ffff99" scope="col">CUVDIG401A Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images (VART 6281C)</th> <th height="50" align="center" valign="middle" bgcolor="#ffff99" scope="col">BSBDES302A Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms (GRAP 5312C)</th> <th height="50" align="center" valign="middle" bgcolor="#ffff99" scope="col">Due this week</th> </thead> <th scope="row"> 1 </th> <th scope="row">2</th> <th scope="row">3</th> <th scope="row">4</th> <th scope="row">5</th> <th scope="row">6</th> <th scope="row">7</th> <th scope="row">8</th> <th scope="row">9</th> <th scope="row">10</th> <th scope="row">11</th> <th scope="row">12</th> <th scope="row">13</th> <th scope="row">14</th> <th scope="row">15</th> <th scope="row">16</th> <th scope="row">17</th> <th scope="row">18</th> <th scope="row">19</th>
Uploading submissions to Blackboard. Course introduction.              

Photoshop navigation and selections
In-class discussion: Look at photos generated so far in the course and discuss ‘What are the features of a quality photograph?

Class activity: Navigation and selections. Saving selections.

1, 2, 31.1-2 
Basic image adjustment and layers
Image retouching and enhancement.
1, 2, 31.1-2 Task 1: Image retouching exercise
Task 2: Digital Collage
Exercises to enhance the role and impact of resolution on an image. Image resizing and placement in other software and the web.
1, 2, 31.1-2 Selections exercise
Task 2: Digital Collage
Exercises to enhance the role and impact of resolution on an image. Image resizing and placement in other software and the web.
Submit by Friday August 15, 5:30pm.
1, 2, 31.1-2 Task 2

Folio 1
Combines Formative Task 1 and 2. These will be resubmited
Archive: In-class activity. Student will archive, back-up and store all of their work.
Project 1 brief distributed in this class.
1, 2, 31.1-2 Folio 1
Project 1: Poster
Students will use this class to photograph the objects, upload and sort their photos.
Project 1: Poster
Midway feedback
2.1-4, 5.1-3  Draft submission
Project 1: Poster
Finalise poster and compile experiments. Print on variety of substrates OR combine with different textures in the software
Project 1: Poster submission
Apply the photo and combing with a suitable typographic quote. Evaluate experiments and submit.
4.1-4, 5.1-33.6 Project 3
Folio 2
Students will prepare their project for their folio. Students must submit their folio at the beginning of class. In-class interviews will give an indication as to whether competency may have been achieved with the evidence so far.
Archive: In-class activity. Student will archive, back-up and store all of their work during interviews.
4.1-4, 5.1-33.6Folio 2

Folio 2 interviews

Students will be interviewed about their progress so far in the course. This is a mandatory part of the course assessment. Interviews can be conducted by phone if necessary. If competency has not been reached, advice will be given on what can be done.

Information of the final graded project will be distributed in this interview.

 1, 2 
Project 2: Lino print excursion
This project will determine the grade for this course.
Excursion: Students will photograph a variety of objects suitable for a lino print.
 1.1-5, 2.1-6, 3.1-33.1-6 

Project 2: Lino & research
Students will enhance their photographs from the excursion. They will then print and trace, then transfer to lino. During this class students will also be given feedback on their poster and opportunities to resubmit for the folio.

Students will also gather examples of inspirational, best-practice and exemplary techniques in lino printing.

 3.1-6Plates that are not finished during class need to be finished for homework.
Project 2: Lino print
A daylong workshop in which students bring their lino by hand and, time permitting, on a press.
4.1-4, 5.1-32, 3.1-6Lino carve due
Project 2: Lino print scan and experiment
In this class, students will scan their work and use a variety of blending modes against supplied scans of substrates and textures. They will assess their work and submit.
4.1-4, 5.1-33.1-6 
Project 2: Lino print submission
Students ready their work for submission. Evaluate experiments and submit.
4.1-4, 5.1-33.1-6Project 4 submission

Project 3: Folio

Students will use this time to photograph their work and prepare for the folio. Students will receive in-class feedback on Project 2 during this time, for possible resubmission.

Students may also be interviewed as part of gathering evidence of competency this week.

4.1-4, 5.1-33.1-6 Folio 3 due

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


You are advised to look at the course myRMIT Studies (Blackboard) for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site and also for Google Docs and Google Groups via your student Google Account for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year. Additional information relating to this will be provided on an ongoing basis. A digital resource folder resides on network server. Further information regarding access to this is available in the ‘Computer Survival Kit’ provided during orientation.
You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.
Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning.
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.
Some equipment can be provided, e.g. DSLR cameras.
Students are encouraged to independently research to extend their skills using the library.

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

Tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks and you should engage in all formative tasks.
This course has 1 Summative Task. All assessment tasks must be completed/submitted to a satisfactory level – there will be opportunities to resubmit. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Task 1:  Image retouching (formative)

Short exercises on software that form part of your feedback. Due Week 1.

task 2:  Collage (formative)

Experiments in capturing and manipulating images and combining them with convey a narrative. Due week 5

Folio 1 (formative)

Collation and presentation of projects 1 and 2.

Project 3: Poster (formative)

Photographic poster that combines colour, composition, type and imagery to convey a feeling. Due week 10.

Folio 2 & interview (formative)

Combines projects 1, 2 & 3 into a folio, supplemented by verbal questioning. Due week 11.

Project 4: Lino print (summative)

This project combines traditional lino printing with digital experiments. This project will determine the grade for this course. There is also the option of doing rubber stamp prints instead. Due week 17.

Folio 3

Combines projects 1–4 into a folio. Due week 18.

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment are:
CHD - Competent with High Distinction.
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment
NYC - Not Yet Competent

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 aspect of your 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 for success.
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
When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e-Submission process. Information regarding the e-Submission process can be located  e-submission

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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