Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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

Leigh Milward

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

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

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

<thead> <th bgcolor="#ffff33" scope="col">Week</th> <th bgcolor="#ffff33" scope="col">Activity</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

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 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

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

Formative Task 1: Video Storyboard

A short exercise on primary research, intro to colour theory and recording process. Week 1

Formative Task 2: Research Project

Researching contemporary and historical approaches to colour. The final outcome wil generate a range of potential co,lour 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 collation of work into a creative portfolio. Due week 16


Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competencybased 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 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 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.&#8232;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)&#8232;
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.
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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