Course Title: Research and apply techniques for illustrative work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: GRAP5338C

Course Title: Research and apply techniques for illustrative work

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4322 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Ann Langusch

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

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 GRAP5336 Integrate colour theory.

Course Description

In this course you will research and apply techniques for illustrative work. This will include developing drawing skills and the technical skills required to develop them into themed illustrations. The illustrations would be developed in the context of a commercial application.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVILL401A Research and apply techniques for illustrative work


1. Interpret briefs for illustrative work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret the specifications of illustration briefs.
1.2 Take user or client requirements into account when making decisions about illustrative work.
1.3 Clarify issues about specifications, parameters and constraints with relevant people as required
1.4 Source and evaluate information pertinent to briefs


2. Organize resources

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify resources required for the development of illustrative work, including work space, materials, tools and equipment
2.2 Prepare and care for resources according to requirements
2.3 Follow storage and inventory procedures


3. Test design approaches for illustrative work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Produce preliminary visual representations

3.2 Identify possible illustrative approaches and establish criteria for selecting final approach

3.3 Select appropriate materials, tools and equipment and test approaches and techniques

3.4 Evaluate testing processes against criteria and select the approach that best meets the requirements of briefs

3.5 Critique own work and seek feedback as required
3.6 Refine and accurately document the illustrative approach based on testing processes


4. Produce illustrative work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Create illustrations using the selected approach

4.2 Respond positively to feedback and refine illustrative work as required
4.3 Present finished work within agreed work parameter

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:

• demonstrations and presentations by teacher
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• review and revision
• peer learning
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities will include:

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

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.

There will be a number of prescribed Formative tasks (see Assessment Tasks below).
The Summative Project for this course will entail analysing and editing two previous task submissions (the self portrait and the site illustration) in response to feedback and self evaluation, and resubmitting as hard copies.

This course will be delivered in the same weekly session as Integrate Colour Theory GRAP 5336, CUVACD401A. The following timeline contains activities for both courses.

Session DescriptionAssessment



Performance Criteria


Colour theory lecture. The three dimensions of colour and colour harmony.
Introduce concepts of spatial clarity and aerial perspective.
Practical: Introduction to manipulation of the 3 dimensions of colour in Photoshop.
Colour Task 1: ‘Make it Pop’. Practical application of the colour theory component via an exercise to create recessive backgrounds for fruit images (ie to establish spatial clarity), and to self evaluate outcomes.
Teacher feedback given in class.
1.1-4, 2.1-3,
3.4-5, 4.1-3
1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
Introduction to vector graphics (Illustrator). A look at examples of the medium and discussion of its character and possiilities.
Basic instruction in the Pen tool, leading to...
Illustration Task 1.1. Exercise to precisely replicate specific paths using the Pen tool.
Colour Task 11.1, 2.1-3,
3.3, 4.2-3
Demonstration of harmonious colour relationships in existing images.
Colour Task 2. Create Colour inventories of harmonious colour schemes in existing artworks or photos.
Illustration. Task 1.2 & 1.3. Continue practical exercises in vector graphics (Illustrator), precisely replicating two given images as vectors.
1.1, 2.1-3,
3.3, 4.2-3
1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
Illustration Task 1.2 & 1.3. Continue with vector exercises to replicate given images as vectors, including replicating colour fills using swatches. Colour task 2
1.1, 2.1-3,
3.3, 4.2-3

1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
REVIEW WEEK. Monday public holiday.   
Colour Task 3. Using traditional media on paper for a ’broken colour’ effect, prepare a range of colour swatches in variations of a designated hue. Scan.
These colour swatches will be later used as components in the site illustration project.
Illus. Tasks 1.1-1.3
3.2-5, 4.2-3
1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
Colour Task 3. Continue preparation of ’broken colour’ swatches. Scan. Upload some samples for sharing.
Illustration Task 2 Vector self portrait. Demonstration of prescribed technique for constructing vector self portrait. Prepare photographic reference suitable for vector self portrait.
1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-5

1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
Illustration Task 2. Vector self portrait. Continue with construction of layered portrait image, using colour to represent 3D form. Colour Task 3
1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-5, 4.1-2

1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
Illustration Task 2 Vector self portrait. Continue with construction of layered portrait image, using colour to represent 3D form. 
1.3-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-2
1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
Illustration Task 2 Vector self portrait. Embed template images in vector self portrait file and submit as directed.  Illus. Task 2
1.3-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-3
1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
Illustration Task 3. Illustration of specific site. Access drawings prepared in Ruth Lyon’s drawing class, and also ’broken colour’ swatches prepared in week 8.
Class demonstration of techniques for constructing layered images in Photoshop from scanned line drawings and scanned ’broken colour’.
1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-2
1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
Presentation of examples of illustrations constructed from line and areas of colour.
Illustration Task 3. Apply techniques demonstrated in previous week to digitally combine line drawing of site with coloured elements.
1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-2
1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
 Illustration Task 3. Continue with site illustration. Self evaluate, seek teacher feedback, refine and submit. Illus. Task 3
1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-3
1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
Illustration Summative Project 1. Analyse and adjust self portrait and site illustration in response to self evaluation and feedback.
Colour Summative Project 1. Analyse and adjust colours in portrait and site illustration in response to self evaluation and feedback 
1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-3 
1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
Monday public holiday. Out of class work: Continue work on Illustration Summative Project 1, Colour Summative Project 1. 
1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-3
1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3

Continue work on Illustration Summative Project 1. Colour Summative Project 1. Submit as two A3 folio-ready prints.
Colour Proj 1
Illus. Proj 1

1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-3
1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3
Assessment. Liaise with teacher if necessary re project submissions.

1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-6, 4.1-3
1.1 - 1.3, 2.1-2.3, 3.1 - 3.3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course. This course has recommended books listed under 'References'.


Resources and References:     Books

Dexter, Emma. Vitamin D: New Directions in Drawing.
Illustration Now (book series)
Stuffz. Design on Material.  Ginko press.
Angie Lewin - Plants and Places, Merrell, 2010
Eric Ravilious, The Story of High Street. The Mainstone Press, 2008


Other Resources

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool 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 to the library resources.

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. The University Library has extensive resources for Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Mary Mavroudis


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 include practical tasks and projects.
The assessment tasks are:
Project 1 45%
Project 2 45%
Project 3 10%

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

Assessment Tasks

Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment projects. You should engage in all formative tasks.
This course has 1 Summative Project, which must be completed/submitted. It is allocated a percentage of the total grade. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Formative Tasks

Task 1 (in 3 parts) Technical skill building. In-class Illustrator (vector) exercises. Due week 7
Task 2 Vector self portrait. A project in which vector imaging techniques are consolidated and the expressive potential of the medium is explored. Due week 11.
Task 3 A project to produce an illustration of a specific chosen site. This will be a figurative illustration expressing a given theme, produced by combining hand generated media in a layered digital format. Due week 14.
Each of the 3 tasks is allocated 5% of marks for seeking feedback on the completed task by the due date.

Summative Project

Review two previously completed tasks, (a) the self portrait and (b) the site illustration. Extend and adjust this illustrative work in response to self evaluation and feedback.  Print as folio pages.
Due Week 18. 85%


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:

HD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
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

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 (unresolved)


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 at 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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