Course Title: Research and apply techniques for illustrative work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

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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


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


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


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 parameters

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 tasks and projects (see Assessment Tasks below).

This course will be delivered in the same weekly session as Illustration Techniques GRAP 5338, CUVILL401A. The following timeline contains activities for both courses.

Session DescriptionAssessment

Learning Elements


Learning Elements


Introduction to computer use and file management. 2
212/2Overview of course content. Intro to InDesign software. Class exercise to initiate use of InDesign in production of layouts and management of folio of work.
Intro to colour theory. Photoshop colour exercise

Project 1 Produce a set of 3 illustrated promotional postcards.
A project comprised of 4 separate tasks involving figurative drawing and mark making in a variety of media, using both manual and digital processes, leading to the production of the final set of illustrations
Project 1 Task 1
Photo shoot at local site. (eg Brunswick built environment).
Lay out a grid of images in InDesign.

 Project 1 Task 11,2,3,4

Complete Week 3 activities.
Project 1 Task 2
Generate 2 drawings using traditional tools from reference generated in photo shoot. Scan.

55/3Project 1 Task 3 Explore technique for adding colour: Create wet media marks, scan and colourise in Photoshop 1,2,3

Project 1 Task 4 Digital composition: Use digitally coloured marks (task 3) to enhance scanned drawings (Task 2).
Project 1 first submission. Place drawings in InDesign submission template.

Project 1

Review class. One-on-one in-class feedback for Project 1


826/3Project 1 final submission.
Colour theory lecture.
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
Project 2 Tasks 1-3  Vector and Pen tool basics. Task 1 to precisely replicate specific paths using the Pen tool.
Project 1 final submission


Task 2: Precisely replicate a given image using the Pen tool with reference to Lynda tutorial
Task 3. More vector basics. Replicate given vector image using vector drawing tools to build up layered composite.
Manage colour fills using swatches.

 1016/4Project 2 final outcome Vector self portrait. Demonstration of prescribed technique for constructing vector self portrait. Prepare photographic reference suitable for vector self portrait and generate templates. 1,2,3
1123/4Project 2. Vector self portrait. Continue with construction of layered portrait image, using colour to represent 3D form. 1,2,3,41,2

Project 2. Vector self portrait. Continue with construction of layered portrait image, using colour to represent 3D form.
Refine colour treatment with reference to design principles.

Project 2. Complete vector self portrait.  Create background for portrait with reference to concept of spatial clarity. Embed template images and submit as directed. Project 2
Design conference 
Project 3. Creating emphasis - Colour collage. Presentation on spatial clarity. Explore colour mixing by producing painted colour samples using gouache and coloured paper. 
1628/5Gather a set of colour swatches. Assemble low contrast base layer of collage


174/6Assemble high contrast top layer of collage. Submit via template for feedback.Project 3 

Rework or extend collage
 Submit Project 3, collage


Project 3 final submission

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


Resources and References:    

Josef Albers, Interaction of Colour. (Swanston Library Restricted collection. RARE 752A332.iJ)
Johannes Itten The art of color : the subjective experience and objective rationale of color
David Hornung. Colour: A workshop for Artists and Designers
Ludwig Wittgenstein. Remarks on Colour
Munsell’s Colour Tree (Reserved in Brunswick Library)
Colour wheels available from staff room

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


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

This course has 3 Projects.  You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Project 1 Illustrated Postcards 20%
  Task 1 Produce a layout of reference photos in InDesign
  Task 2 Generate drawings of subjects from photo shoot.
  Task 3 Create and digitally colourise wet media marks
  Task 4 Combine line and colour elements to compose illustration
  Final outcome
  1. Grid of photos
  2. Set of illustrated postcards

Project 2 Vector self portrait 40%
  Task 1
Pen tool exercise
  Task 2 Pen tool exercise
  Task 3 Vector exercise. Copy given image using vector tools.
  Project 2 final outcome Vector self portrait

 Project 3 Colour Collage 40%

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 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 be successful in this course.

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:
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
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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.
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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.
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Further links - Application for extension of time

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
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