Course Title: Realise a creative project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: VART6279C

Course Title: Realise a creative project

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4322 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Ruth Wellington

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9417

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Leigh Milward (Accelerated program)

Nominal Hours: 60

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 GRAP5337 Graphic design techniques and GRAP5339 Typography techniques.

Course Description

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to organise and realise a creative project from the development of ideas to the creation of the work. The result may be creative work in any media.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRP401A Realise a creative project


1. Develop ideas for project work

Performance Criteria:

1.1Identify and analyse sources that inform ideas for work
1.2Explore ideas using visual representation and design tools
1.3Consider possible constraints, based on nature and purpose of work
1.4Challenge and play with ideas, and engage with others as requires
1.5Refine and select options based on own analysis and communication with others


2. Organise the creative project

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm the scope and objectives of the work in consultation with relevant people
2.2 Organise financial, physical and other resources
2.3 Evaluate safety considerations for the project
2.4 Consider options for documenting and recording work and the ideas and research that inform it
2.5 Document the production of work using selected approaches
2.6 Monitor the project workflow against the plan


3. Create finished work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Extend skills in manipulating selected materials, processes and technologies to fulfil project objectives
3.2 Critique work in progress and make adjustments as required
3.3 Apply safe work practices relevant to the chosen creative form


4. Evaluate own work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Reflect on own work in terms of conceptual development, technical execution and professional potential
4.2 Identify areas for future improvement especially in terms of own skill development
4.3 Evaluate overall work process for efficiency and effectiveness
4.4 Seek input from others as required 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 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 will include:
• lectures
• design games
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• 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

Certificate IV in Design (Full year program) <thead> <th scope="col">Week</th> <th scope="col">Cert IV in Design - Full year Learning program - Ruth Wellington</th> <th scope="col">Learning Elements</th> </thead>
1 Project: Portfolio branding and presentation. Introduction to brief and presentation1-4
2 Inventory of all Sem 1 design projects completed & to be completed in Sem 21-4
3 Evaluation and analysis of these projects in terms of further refinement options.1-4
4 Formatting, scaling, conversion to digital files, etc. output/print considerations1-4
5 Selection from completed body of work for pre-selection kits and requirements1-4
6 Scanning, photographing or digitizing manually generated pieces, ie drawings1-4
7 Development of signature style or personal “voice” applied to portfolio1-4
8 Template developed with personal branding system applied to formatting1-4
9 Pre-selection kit evaluation of content and other written responses required1-4
10 Class discussion -selection requirements for tertiary design programs/study1-4
11 Collation of all completed and resolved project work into portfolio template1-4
12 Review and evaluate current status of portfolio – Self/teacher evaluation1-4
13 Collate additional projects as completed and resolve any printing requirements1-4
14 Collate additional projects as completed and resolve any printing requirements1-4
15 Print and PDF finished portfolio and final presentation in class - feedback given1-4
16 Final changes implemented. Digital folio – formatting and application submission1-4



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

Certificate IV in Design (Accelerated) Teaching Schedule <thead> <th bgcolor="#ffff33" scope="col">Week</th> <th bgcolor="#ffff33" scope="col">Certificate Iv in Design (accelerated only)</th> <th bgcolor="#ffff33" scope="col">CUVACD401A Integrate colour theory and design processes (GRAP 5336C)</th> <th bgcolor="#ffff33" scope="col">CUVDIG401A Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images (VART 6281C)</th> <th bgcolor="#ffff33" scope="col">CUVPRP401A Realise a creative project (VART 6279C)</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> <th scope="row">20</th>

Course introduction. Overview of colour and colour modes. Formative Task 1: Video
Storyboard.The role of colour in design. Basic Colour Harmonies
Formative Task 1: 7 Second Colour Video. Students will create a storyboard for 7 second video with a colour as the theme.

1.3, 2.1-3

1.21.1-5, 2.1-6
Introduction to Photoshop. Recording and storing work.

Submit link to video through Blackboard if finished.
Using mobile devices to capture research and images. Storing images in the cloud. Intro to Photoshop. Colour in Photoshop: RGB, HSB, CMYK. Swatches. Resolution. Basic Photoshop editing – overall adjustments.
Recording your work process: In-class activity: Taking good photos on mobile devices.
• Controlling light and conditions

Call research. Formative Task 2 starts next week.


2.2, 3.1–3

1.1-4, 2.43.1-3
Formative Task 2: Colour Research

Basic Photoshop editing – overall adjustments and adjustment layers. Submit link to video through Blackboard if finished.
Research Project: Contemporary approaches to colour. Generate colour schemes using Kuler and other software
In-class activity: Look at photos generated so far in the course. How many are high quality? Medium quality? Low quality?
Reflect on success in communicating concepts and ideas

1.1-3 1.1-4, 2.4, 2.6 3.1-3
Formative Task 2: Colour Research

Feedback on Formative Task 1
Research Project: Contemporary approaches to colour.
Basic Photoshop editing – blending modes. Creative adjustments. Generate colour schemes using Kuler and other software
In-class activity: Look at photos generated so far in the course. How many are high quality? Medium quality? Low quality?

 1.1-3 1.1-4, 2.4, 2.61.1-5, 2.1-6
Formative Task 2: Colour Research.

Compile colour schemes and research into document
More on basic photo editing – selections, selective adjustents. Resolution. Find real-life colour inspiration and record it with cameras.

Due next week (start of class). Next week: bring in documented process work.

 1.1-3, 2.1-3 1.1-4, 2.4, 2.61.1-3, 2.5

Formative Task 2: Colour Research. DSLR Photography and processing images.

In-class feedback on research project. Submit research through blackboard. Contact any absentee students.
Organise work completed so far in the course. Fill out self-reflection

Formative task 2 due this week.

 2.1, 3.1-3 4.1-4, 5.1-3 2.4-6, 3.1-3
Excursion 1.1 

Feedback on Formative task 2. Summative Task 1: Emotional colour

Feedback for Formative Task 2: research project.
Summative Task 1: Emotional Colour. Interpret the brief, begin research. Research: find quote or decide on a word.

Next week: Bring in white objects. Research must be completed by the start of class next week

 1.1-3 1.1-5, 2.1-6, 3.1-3 1.1-5, 2.1-6
Summative task 1: Integrate colour& Digital Images – Photograph objects and edit.

Sketch poster ideas.
Using RAW photo to process images. Selective adjustments. Place into A3 document.

Submit draft. Next week: bring in colour objects and paper.

 2.1-3 1.1-5, 2.1-6, 3.1-3 3.1-3

Summative task 1: Integrate colour & Digital Images – Produce colour work

Photograph and produce work. Edit images – colourise b&w, adjust colour images. Peer feedback on best images.

Submit draft. Prepare work for submission next week.

 2.1-3 1.1-5, 2.1-6, 3.1-3 3.1-3

Submit Summative task 1: Integrate colour & Digital Images

Reflection on process.

 2.1, 3.1-3 4.1-4, 5.1-3 2.4-6, 3.1-3
Summative task 2: Folio (Creative Project)

Organise resources

 1.1-3 1.1-5, 2.1-6, 3.1-3 1.1-5, 2.1-6
 Summative task 2: Folio (Creative Project) 1.1-3 1.1-5, 2.1-6, 3.1-3 1.1-5, 2.1-6
 Summative Task 3: Colour folio

Submit folio of projects from other classes with a colour component. Self-assess this work in terms of ther relationship to principles of colour and areas for improvement.

Due next week

 2.1-3, 3.1-3  1.1-5, 2.1-6
 Summative Task 3: Colour folio

Submit folio of projects from other classes with a colour component. Self-assess this work in terms of their relationship to principles of colour and areas for improvement.

 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2,
 4.1-4, 5.1-3 
 Summative Task 3: Colour folio

Submit folio and self-reflection

 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2,
 4.1-4, 5.1-3 
 Summative task 2: Folio (Creative Project)

Submit draft of folio

  4.1-4, 5.1-3 3.1-3
 Summative task 2: Folio (Creative Project)


  4.1-4, 5.1-3 3.1-3, 4.1-4
 Summary and reflection. Staff feedback.  4.1-4, 5.1-3 3.1-3, 4.1-4
 Course review. Upload work to website.   4.1

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


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

Other Resources

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. Online tutorials and extra texts may be recommended to supplement learning.

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 tasks and projects.
The assessment tasks are:
Project 1 - folio submission - 3 stages 60%
Project 2 - Tumblr Blog project 40%
 An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment activities 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 outcomes. Summative assessment projects in this unit are graded. To demonstrate competency in this course you need to engage in the assessment activities to a competent standard.

Certificate IV in Design (Full Year) Assessment:
A portfolio of resolved design outcomes for presentation
Project: Final portfolio production, presentation and branding, including developing and resolving an individual personal “voice” in this body of work. The content will be generated in other course areas in Semester 1 & 2, and then consolidated into an individually formatted portfolio presentation that could be transferred to online and other media application/s. Due week 16

Certificate IV in Design (Accelerated) Assessment Tasks

Formative Task 1: Video Storyboard A short exercise on primary research, intro to colour theory and recording processes. Due week 1
Formative Task 2: Research Project Researching contemporary and historical approaches to colour. The final outcome wil generate a range of potential colour schemes for the Music Festival brief. Due week 6
Summative Task 1: Emotional Colour A poster demonstrating the communication of emotion through the use of colour schemes and qualities. Due week 11
Summative Task 2: Colour Folio Reflection and justification of the use of colour for a range of projects. Due week 17
Summative Task 3: Online Folio A creative project that students will plan and execute. Due week 16

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

CHD 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 person/s listed above.

Other Information

Attendance - 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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