Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: VART6282C

Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4322 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Ruth Lyon

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 80

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 in conjunction with GRAP5305 History and theory of design.

Course Description

In this course you will explore the diverse application of drawing to communicate ideas. This will include developing drawing skills and confidence to communicate design concepts for objects, processes or spaces. Drawings may be for personal use or for presentation in exhibitions, for concept roughs or publications.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD301A Produce drawings to communicate ideas


2. Experiment to represent ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess the capabilities of techniques, materials and equipment through exploration
2.2 select approaches that best suit the purpose of drawing and presentation context
2.3 Follow safely procedures for particular techniques, materials and equipment


1. Plan drawing work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore drawing requirements with reference to relevant material and appropriate people when required
1.2 Identify factors that may impact on how drawing work is undertaken
1.3 Gather information about drawing techniques, materials and equipment from a range of sources and determine how they may be used to communicate ideas.
1.4Evaluate information for its application to specific drawing briefs


3. Create drawings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organise materials, tools and equipment for selected techniques
3.2 Produce preliminary drawings and discuss their effectiveness with relevant people
3.3 Finalise drawings, incorporating feedback on work in progress as required
3.4 Prepare drawings for the presentation context

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 using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities may include, but are not limited to:
teacher directed group activities/projects
teacher tutorial
group feedback and reflection
teacher demonstration and presentation

Out of class activities may include, but are not limited to:
independent project based work

The following schedule will be be executed by students engaged with the Accelerated version of the Certificate 4 in Design 2nd Semester 2013


Teaching Schedule

WeekActivitiesPerformance Criteria VART 6282C CUVACD301A

Performance Criteria CUVILL401A GRAP 5338C  

1Formative Task 1: Introduction to drawing
Preparation of folio.
Line and contour – Ink-markers. Taking inspiration from linear forms.
Introduction to Drawing Project 1. Resourcing media and techniques in relation to a concept.
Select Drawing Major Drawing Project
Drawing Journal
2Formative Task 2: line, Structural Drawing.
Pencil, pen, marker
3Formative Task 3: Cross contour
Mark making - Grades of graphite pencils
4Formative Task 4: Mark making - Mixed media watercolour
Cross hatching


FormativeTask 5: Water colour Texture and shape Fabric and cane. (Summative review all drawing work)1,2,3 3,4
6Formative Task 6: Bracelet Shading.
Review Major Drawing Project 1
7Formative Task 6: Bracelet Shading continued1,2,3 
8Formative Task 7: Light and Tone. Pastel/charcoal1,2,3 

Formative Task 8: Perspective Drawing

Review and prepare all drawings for assessment Summative assessment of all tasks

1,2,3 3,4

Illustrations techniques introduced. CUVILL401A Research and apply techniques for illustrative work
Task 1: 2013 Sign (Experiment with illustrative techniques to resolve this sign)

Submit Sketchbook

 1,2,3 1,2

 Continue Formative Task
Task 1: 2013 Sign (Experiment with illustrative techniques to resolve this sign)

1,2 1,2,3

 Review Formative Task 1, all students to participate in review of all class work
Complete any anomalies in Task 1


Introduce Project 1
Self portrait using history, a play or film using collage montage and relief imagery to present an impression of yourself

 1,2 1,2,3,4

Continue work on:

Project 1 Self portrait using history, a play or film using collage montage and relief imagery to present an impression of yourself.

Produce colour swatches for presentation

 1,2 1,2

Continue work on:
Project 1 Self portrait using history, a play or film, using, collage montage and relief imagery to present an impression of yourself.

Introduce Project 2
Scraperboard cards


 Continue Project 1
“Self- portrait using history etc.”

Melbourne Cup Day Holiday


Hand in Project 1: "Self portrait"

Continue Project 2
Scraperboard cards

18Act on any anomalies from assessment of Project 1
Continue Project 2
19Continue Project 2
Scraperboard cards

Hand in all outstanding Projects for assessment

Submit Project 2
Scraperboard cards


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no precribed texts

This is applicable to both Drawing to Communicate Ideas and Apply Illustrative techniques for illustrative work


You are advised to look at the course my RMIT site for ongoing updated

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialized facilities and
relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.
Drawing items from the Material Kit and those materials supplied in class
purchased through the Student Material Fee.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and tasks including drawing tasks and a major drawing project.
Assessment tasks are:
1. Folio of drawing tasks 70%
2. Journal 30%

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

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 and have a satisfactory outcome in the summative assessments.
Assessment tasks in this course include:

A folio of drawing tasks for VART 6282C CUVACD301A

1.Folio of tasks, week 1-9 A Summative review will take place during week 5 and 9

2.Sketchbook, Due week 10

In addition to the drawing outcomes the following relates to GRAP 5338C CUVILL401A  Apply Techniques for Illustrative work

1. Task using Illustrative techniques Weeks 10-12

2. 2 x Summative Projects
Project 1 - Self Portrait Due week 17
Project 2 - Scraperboard card Due week 20

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.


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

Grade Description
CHD Competency with High Distinction
CDI Competency with Distinction
CC Competency with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent

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 students 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
All students 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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