Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6281C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4322 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Leigh Milward

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 GRAP5312 2D Design process.

Course Description

In this course you will consolidate a range of digital imaging skills and apply these in experimental and innovative projects. Projects and techniques addressed will assist students in developing an individual style or voice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDIG401A Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images


3. Organise digital imaging resources

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Assess specific resource requirements for the chosen work
3.2. Research and access potential sources of supply for digital imaging resources
3.3. Evaluate cost and other constraints that impact on the development of work
3.4. Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations for finished digital images
3.5. Set up or coordinate resource requirements according to safety and other workplace requirements


1. Develop proficiency with a range of digital imaging techniques and media

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Evaluate the potential for new approaches to digital imaging based on capabilities of techniques already used
1.2. Adapt or introduce new tools, equipment and materials to achieve different effects
1.3. Extend the capabilities of digital imaging techniques through experimentation
1.4. Take account of the safety and sustainability considerations for different techniques and media


2. Develop ideas for digital imaging

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Articulate creative and other goals for digital image work
2.2. Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property requirements
2.3. Apply knowledge of different digital imaging techniques to inform ideas
2.4. Allow techniques and ideas to work together to inform each other
2.5. Consider the professional potential and other criteria for work when developing ideas
2.6. Refine and confirm ideas based on experimentation, research and collaboration with others


4. Create finished digital images

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Create digital images, using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation
4.2. Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with the production of work
4.3. Use safe and sustainable work practices throughout the production of work
4.4. Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that inform it


5. Evaluate own digital imaging work

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Reflect on own work in terms of conceptual development and technical execution
5.2. Identify areas for future improvement especially in terms of own skill development
5.3. Discuss completed work with others 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 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
• online research
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects

Out of class activities will include:
• site visits, site specific exploration and research
• independent project based work
• online research
• teacher directed group activities/projects

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.

<thead> <th scope="col">Week</th> <th scope="col">Date, Sess’n  </th> <th scope="col">Session description</th> <th scope="col">Assessment due  </th> <th scope="col">Learning elements  </th> </thead>
111/2 (1)Orientation week. Intro to computer Labs 1.2, 2.1, 3.1-5,
218/2 (2)Basic digital processes,  filing.
Basic Photoshop retouching exercise.
Self assessment of skills.
 1.1-4, 2.1-6,
3.1-5, 4.1-4,
325/2 (3)F1 Photoshop Colouring exercise
Figure in landscape. Shoot and upload photos.
 1.1-4, 2.1-6,
3.1-5, 4.1-4,
44/3 (4)F1 continued. Colourise and digitally manipulate photos. Collate and present.F1 end of class1.1-4, 2.1-6,
3.1-5, 4.1-4,
511/3No Class. Labour Day Holiday.  
6 F2 Photo essay. Examine and research approaches to photographic imaging. Historical overview, including contemporary photo blogs.
Develop themes and strategies for photo essay Shoot images
 1.1-4, 2.1-6,
3.1-5, 4.1-4,
7 Shoot and upload photos. Make collections in Bridge. 1.1-4, 2.1-6,
3.1-5, 4.1-4,
  Easter Break  
8 Edit and retouch images in Photoshop, collate in InDesign. CritiqueF21.1-4, 2.1-6,
3.1-5, 4.1-4,
9 S1 Photo Essay. Respond to critique, submit Photo Essay as packaged InDesign folder 1.1-4, 2.1-6,
3.1-5, 4.1-4,
10 F3 Introduction to vector imaging. Pen tool exercises S11.1-4, 3.1-5, 4.2-3,
11 Illustrator tracing exercise 1.1-4, 3.1-5, 4.2-3,
12 F4 Vector portrait illustration.
Assemble and process reference images
 F31.1-4, 2.1-6,
3.1-5, 4.1-4,
13 Use reference images to create a vector self portrait 1.1-4, 2.1-6,
3.1-5, 4.1-4,
14 Vector rendering of portrait. Critique F41.1-4, 2.1-6,
3.1-5, 4.1-4,
15 S2 Respond to feedback.
Complete vector portrait
 1.1-4, 2.1-6,
3.1-5, 4.1-4,
16 Finalise and output vector portrait S21.1-4, 2.1-6,
3.1-5, 4.1-4,

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


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.

Other Resources

• Digital storage device, either usb or hard drive
• Ideally you should have your own camera. However school cameras are available for loan for short periods.

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.

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 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:
In class formative exercises and two summative assessment tasks.
An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
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 to a satisfactory standard.


Task 1: Photo imaging techniques, demonstrating ability to perform basic photo retouching, and colour manipulation, and to collate images in layouts. Due end of week 4.

Task 2: Photo imaging project to produce a series of bitmap images, requiring evidence of conceptual development and produced as a thematic series, applying skills learned in Exercise 1. Due week 8.

Task 3: Vector imaging techniques, demonstrating aptitude with pen tool, blob brush, eraser tool, layer management and colour swatches. Due week 12.

Task 4: Vector illustration. Self portrait theme, demonstrating vector imaging techniques from Task 3, and exploring the unique qualities of this medium. Due end of week 14.


Project 1: Critique and rework photo essay. Resubmit.
Worth 50% of final mark. Due week 10.

Project 2: Critique and extend vector portrait. Worth 50% of final mark. Due week 16.

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

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

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 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.

Feedback - 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)

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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