Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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


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


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


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 may include:
    •    class exercises
    •    tutorials
    •    practical demonstrations
    •    workshops
    •    group discussion
    •    review and revision
    •    peer learning
    •    peer teaching and class presentations
    •    teacher directed group activities/projects
    •    workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
Out of class activities may include:
    •    independent research
    •    independent project based work
    •    studio practice
    •    online tutorials and activities
    •    review and revision
In class activities may include:
    •    class exercises
    •    tutorials
    •    practical demonstrations
    •    workshops
    •    group discussion
    •    review and revision
    •    peer learning
    •    peer teaching and class presentations
    •    teacher directed group activities/projects
    •    workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
Out of class activities may include:
    •    independent research
    •    independent project based work
    •    studio practice
    •    online tutorials and activities
    •    review and revision

Teaching Schedule

WeekActivityCUVDIG401A Experiment
with techniques
to enhance
digital images (VART6281C)
Explore and apply
the creative
design process
to 2D forms


Mobile/point-and-click photography
2Project 1: Image composite (20%)
Introduction to Photoshop. Recording and storing work. Photoshop navigation and selections.
Submit link to video through Blackboard if finished.
 Intro to Photoshop.
3Photoshop navigation and selections
Basic image selections and masks
4Basic image adjustment and masks
Image retouching and enhancement.
1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3. 
5Project 1: Image composite
Images and resolution
Image resizing and placement in other software and the web.
1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3. 
6Project 1: image composite
Consolidation of image retouching and enhancement.
7Project 1 due. Reflection on Project 15.1-3. Project 1 due 
8Project 2: Digitally enhanced photographic poster
Students will develop ideas for digital imaging
9Project 2: Poster
Students will use this class to photograph the objects, upload and sort their photos.
1.1-4, 2.1-6 
10Project 2: Poster
Finalise poster and compile experiments.
11Project 2: Poster submission
Apply the photo and combing with a suitable typographic quote. Evaluate experiments and submit documentation. Reflection on Project 2.
1.1-4, 2.1-63.1-3.6
12Excursion to Melbourne Museum  
13Project 3: Lino print
Students will digitally. enhance their photographs from the excursion. They will then print and trace, then transfer to lino. They will propose a concept for a digital enhancement to their print
3.51.1-2, 2.1-4
14Project 3: Lino print carving.
In this class, students will carve their lino.
15Project 3: Lino print
In this class, students will carve their lino.
16Project 3: Lino print
The lino cuts will be printed in this class. Evaluation of prints and seek feedback from others.
17Project 3: Lino print
The lino cuts will be printed in this class. Students will assess their prints and choose the best candidates for digital enhancement.
18Project 3: Lino enhancement. Students will digitally enhance their lino print and produce a folio-ready piece.4.1-5 
19Project 3: Finalise documentation of Project 3 and submit. Reflection on Project 3.4.5, 5.1-3. Project 3 due3.4, 3.6
Project 3 due
20Assessment week  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

Adobe Cretive Team, 2013. Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book. Adobe Press


Ambrose, G, & Harris, P 2012, Basics Design 01 : Format (2nd Edition), AVA Publishing, London, GBR.


Ambrose, G, & Aono-Billson, N 2011, Approach and Language, AVA Publishing, Lausanne, Switzerland.


Clement, L 2012, Techniques & History of Printmaking Art, e-book, accessed 24 June 2015, <>.


Other Resources

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site and also for Google Docs and Google Groups via your student Google Account for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year. Additional information relating to this will be provided on an ongoing basis. A digital resource folder resides on network server. Further information regarding access to this is available in the ‘Computer Survival Kit’ provided during orientation. 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.

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

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.&#8232;Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks and you should engage in all formative tasks.&#8232;This course has 1 Summative Task. All assessment tasks must be completed/submitted to a satisfactory level – there will be opportunities to resubmit. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Project 1: Photoshop composite (20% of GRAP5312C)&#8232;
A montage of digital images.
Project 2: Poster (30% of GRAP5312C, 50% of VART6281C)&#8232;
Experiments in capturing and manipulating images and combining them with text. Suubstrate and format will be chosen to further convey a concept. Project will be documented. An online reflection will be completed. Due week 11.
Project 3: Lino Print (50% of GRAP5312C, 50% of VART6281C)&#8232;
Print making and the impact of materials on communication. Project will be documented. An online reflection will be completed. Due week 19

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.
Student Progress&#8232;
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Student progress policy&#8232;
Special Consideration Policy
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&#8232;
Submissions &#8232;
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  e-submission

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