Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: VART6317C

Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4327 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Course Contact : Program Administration Josiane Mueller

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4585

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

 Peter Kennedy


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


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas. It does not relate to drawing as an art form.
People working in many industries apply the skills and knowledge in this unit.
Ideas for communication are diverse and may include design concepts for objects, processes or spaces, or movement sequences for performances or screen productions. Drawings may be for personal use or for presentation in exhibitions, tender bid proposals or publications. Drawing may be electronic or hand drawn.
At this level, the individual would take some responsibility for experimentation with a range of drawing techniques and be expected to show some command of those techniques.

Students will learn Vector graphic software skills and design drawing skills based on the principles and elements for design to prepare students to a diploma level

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 reference 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
1.4 Evaluate 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 drawings and their presentation context
2.3 Follow safety 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 consist of
• Class exercises
• Practical demonstrations
• Peer teaching and class presentations
• Group discussion
• elearning tutorials on RMIT library website
• Independent project based work
• Gallery Visits
• Studio practice
• Workshopping’ of student projects
• Peer group assessment activities
You will be responsible for your learning and will be expected to engage in independent research, reading, study, practice and screenings.

Teaching Schedule

WeekCourse ScheduleAssessment TasksElements
Week 1Class Introductions / present Course guide
Visit to National Gallery of Victoria       
Week 2Sceening MC Esher
Drawing materials and methods
The Design principle of repetition
Introduction to Illustrator Interface & Pen tool
Design Drawing Assessment Task 1 MC Esher
(non graded)                                           
Week 3Design Drawing portrait based on proportion
Introduction to Illustrator layers
Pen tool class exercise
Week 4Design Drawing still life Cross Hatching
Illustrator the type tool & letterform
Week 5

Assessment Task 02 class presentation Artist & Web search Due
Hand out Formative Assessment 03 Folio of five best drawings Due week 12
Design Drawing Still life tone & Vector

Graphic Drawing exercise with the pen tool

 2 Class Presentation on a Artist and web search (week 5) (non Graded1,2
Week 6Screening the power of Art
Design drawing the figure Antiquity
Illustrator Gradients & Gradient mesh tool
Week 7Design drawing the figure Antiquity
Illustrator Gradients & Gradient mesh tool
Week 8Design Drawing figure drawing & proportion the male figure
Illustrator Swatches
Week 9Design Drawing the figure drawings in motion
Studio practice class
Week 10Design Drawing based on colour theory & the colour wheel
Class Screening Artist Paul Klee
Week 11Class Screening The power of Art
Van Gogh Portrait Design Drawing
Illustrator perspective tool
Week 12Formative Task 3 Four  best Completed Design Drawings Due
Design Drawing based on nature horses

Illustrator 3D effects

3 Four Best Completed Design Drawings (Due wk 12) (Non Graded)1,2
Week 13Work on and present work in progress for eposter
Design Drawing nature Birds
Week 14Studio Class
Work on and present work in progress eposter Assessment
Week 15 Studio Class
Work on and present work in progress eposter Assessment
Week 16eposter Assesssment class submission4Present and submit Assessment Task  vector graphic poster for Assessment & review (non Graded)2,3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

M Droste
Drawing on the right side of the brain
Betty Edwards
The elements of colour Itten
Johannes Itten, Faber Birren
A History of Art J W Jensen


Exploring the elements of design
Poppy Evans

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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, a major project
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either Non Graded or Graded. Non Graded Assessment tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial Graded assessment tasks..
To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.


Non Graded Assessment Tasks
1 Design Drawing Esher (Due wk 2)
2 Class Presentation on a Artist and web search (week 5)
3 Five Best Completed Design Drawings (Due wk 12)
4 Vector Graphic eposter (Due wk 16)

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded)
CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit For Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Avaliable on on RMITS Blackboard web link

Other Information

Submission of written material:
Please advise teacher IN ADVANCE if an extension of time or special consideration is required for submission of work. (See blackboard for more information regarding late submissions)

VE teaching is based on practical, industry skills training. The attendance of all classes is necessary to receive the maximum benefit of the program. Each course is designed to increase skills and knowledge incrementally. 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. Means that each lesson assumes the successful completion of previous lessons and exercises. If a student misses a lesson it is the student’s responsibility to catch up. Please be aware that as a TAFE student you are responsible for your own learning.
A roll will be taken at the commencement of each class so please ensure that you are on time. Late arrivals will be marked as late on the roll. Multiple late arrivals or multiple absences may result in an ‘At Risk of Failure’ letter being issued.
International students please note that you must supply a doctor’s certificate for ANY absence due to Visa laws. We are required by law to report unexplained absences to The Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.
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.

Student Material Requirements
Please bring to EVERY class:
Visual diary,, External Hard disk drive).
Please Note: It is the student’s responsibility to back up their work regularly.
Lost work is NOT an excuse for late assignments Backups

Assessment Task submission
Assessment tasks MUST be submitted on the due date during class, in person, to your teacher.
Assessment tasks can be submitted before the due date outside of class with the prior agreement of the teacher.
Assessment tasks that are submitted outside of class without the prior agreement of the teacher will fail.
Extensions will only be considered in the event of medical or personal circumstances supported by appropriate documentation.

Late or non submissions
If the Assessment task is not submitted on the due date during class, in person, to your teacher, the assessment is marked as failed. A failed assessment task may be resubmitted within two weeks after the assessment due date. Resubmissions can only gain a maximum possible grading of Competency Achieved Graded . If the assessment task is not resubmitted within the two weeks following the initial assessment due date, the assessment task is given a final fail grading and no further submissions will be accepted. Please note that a failed assessment task may result in a failure of the course.

Failed submission
If the assessment task is marked as fail you will be notified via email. A failed assessment task may be resubmitted within two weeks after notification. Resubmissions can only gain a mark of Competency Achieved Graded.

Ungraded assessment tasks must be completed in order to pass this unit. If ungraded assessment tasks are not completed you will not be eligible to pass this unit of competency

Check Blackboard for full versions of all the assignment briefs.

Submission of written material:
Please advise teacher IN ADVANCE if an extension of time or special consideration is required for submission of work. (See blackboard for more information regarding late submissions)
Plagiarism & collusion
Plagiarism and collusion will not be tolerated. Students cannot present work that is copied in whole or in part from another source OR is the result of unauthorised collaboration with another person(s). Where there are reasonable grounds to believe that cheating has occurred, the work will be given a fail grade the student will be required to resubmit a different assignment.

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

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

Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

Information for Students: Assessment and Grading
Competency based assessment
Assessments in VE focus primarily on your ability to demonstrate evidence that you can complete a specific task to an industry standard. We are required to assess your “competence”. Our teaching (training) is focused on supporting you to develop the required evidence. This approach to training and assessment is referred to as a competency based training model. To ensure reliability in assessment, we use a combination of developmental tasks called formative tasks and then you will typically complete one or more substantial tasks referred to as summative tasks.
The combination of formative and summative tasks allows us to assess your competence and also to assign grades. Grades are assigned through the use of an assessment rubric. The rubric aims to provide you with specific assessment criteria.

While graded competency is an approach used in VE programs in the School of Media and Communication, not all courses are required to use graded assessment. For example OH&S related courses are generally un-graded. Whether a course is graded or not is indicated in the relevant Course Guide. The course guide explains to you the course details including, class topics, how you will be assessed and when you will be assessed.

Our school grades units of competency (courses) for a range of reasons. It is important for graduates wanting to:

i) progress through to Higher Education
ii) provide potential employers with additional insight into your abilities
iii) gain further insight into the detail about your level of achievement in the course.

Non Graded assessment:
Formative assessment tasks are often conducted in class and may form part of a larger project (building blocks). They are designed to assist you to complete the summative assessments at the end of the course. Formative assessment tasks also inform you and your teacher about your progress and help to pin point any areas you may need to improve in. The assessment of formative assessments is satisfactory/ unsatisfactory. They can contribute to a graded outcome if included in the assessment rubric criteria (this is explained in more detail in the next section).

It is important that you satisfactorily complete all Non Graded assessments.
Ungraded assessments allow most aspects of the course to be addressed.

Some courses are not graded. These will be identified in your Course Guides. Nongraded courses use the following grade table.
CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did not Submit

Please note:
This  course guide is subject to change


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