Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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


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


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


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


Teaching Schedule

WeekActivitiesPerformance Criteria VART 6282C CUVACD301A

GRAP 5305C

1Library tour
Introduction to drawing Program, Tasks and Drawing Journal reflecting knowledge of tasks, ideas and personal drawing practices.
Task 1 Line and contour-Ink-markers.
Introduction to OHS online
2Introduce the History and Theory of Design Program
The history of the written word
Pictographic forms, In class exercise
Introduce research on your favourite designer
3Task 2: line, Structural Drawing. Pencil 1,2,3 
4Lecture 1: 1 -1907
Modernist movements and their impacts on design:
Cubism/Futurism/Constructivism/Deconstruction Task 1: Part a) Respond to lecture in class
Part b) Further research to be handed in week 5


Task 3 Line as form Cross Hatching
Task 4: Line as form Bracelet shading
Review Drawing Journal
Hand in Task 1 Part b)
1,2,3 1,2,3
61st Folio Review  
7Lecture 2: Art Deco & Art Nouveau 1860-1930
Task 2- Respond to lecture notes Critical Analysis in class
8Task 5: Cross contour- Mark making – Liner pen 1,2,3 
9Lecture 3: Modernist movements and their impacts on design De Stijl/ Minimalism/ Bauhaus Design 1917-39
Task 3: Part a) Respond to lecture in class
Part b) Further research to be handed in week 10
1,2,3 1,2,3

Task 6: Water colour: Texture, Colour and Pattern- Mixed media
Review all drawings and complete any drawings outstanding and journal entries
Review drawings and journal
Hand in Task 3 Part b)

 1,2,3 1,2,3

 Mid Semester break


Lecture 4: Modernist movements and their impacts on design- Dada/ Surrealism / Pop/Pop Surrealism/Retro Chaos/Cyber Dada. 1917-2014
Task 4: Part a) Respond to lecture in class
Part b) Further research to be handed in Week 12
Review work on favourite designer


2nd Folio Review

 1,2,3 1,2,3

Task 7: Light and Tone. Pastel/charcoal tonal Rub Back White Drawing on Black background. Grey Scale

14Lecture 5: The Decades of the 20C. 1950’s and 60’s
Task 5/6 Part a) Respond to lecture in class
Part b) Further research to be handed in Week 17
Review work on favourite designer

 Hand in Task 4 Part b)
Task 8: Perspective Drawing

 1,2,3 1,2,3
16Public Holiday no class  
17Submit all Drawings and journal for assessment
Lecture 6:1970’s and 80’s
Design Styles of the decades, Sustainability in design, Social Justice and Graphic Agitation
Task 7/8 Part a): Respond to lecture in class
Part b) Further research to be handed in Week 18
Hand in Task 5 Part b)
Any other outstanding tasks and extended research
Review work on favourite designer
 1,2,3 1,2,3

Lecture 7: Decades of the 20C. 90’s -2000+
Task 9 Part a): Respond to lecture in class notes only
Hand in remaining lecture task 6
Workshop any outstanding research
Hand in Task 6 Part b)
Submit all class responses and presentation on Favourite designer

Submit journl



Submit all Drawings and journal for assessment. Continue any outstanding work on drawings, review of all drawing tasks
Submit any lecture notes and sourced materials

Submit all History worksheets that are outstanding

20 Assessment 1,2,3 1,2,3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts


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. 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.
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.
Summative Assessment tasks in this course are:

A folio of drawing tasks for VART 6282C CUVACD301A

1. Folio of tasks 1-8 , (week 1-15 there will be a formal review of all class work)

2. Journal project (Reviewed week 5 and 15)

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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