Course Title: Create digital visual effects
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2015
Course Code: COSC5382C
Course Title: Create digital visual effects
School: 345T Media and Communication
Campus: City Campus
Program: C5218 - Diploma of Interactive Digital Media
Course Contact : Program Administration
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815
Course Contact Email:email@example.com
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
ph: 9925 4815
ph: 9925 4110
Nominal Hours: 70
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
This unit of competency, Create Digital Visual Effects CUFANM402A is delivered in the classess Imaging 1 and Imaging 2. The unit covers the skills required to create digital visual effects for a screen based production. In addition, particular attention will be paid to still image and broadcast compositing effects.
This unit is co-delivered with Implement design solutions BSBDES501A in semester one, and assessed independently.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
CUFANM402A Create digital visual effects
2 Prepare components
5. Gather all assets for integration and check that they are in the correct output file format
3 Assemble previsualisations
9. Create previsualisation of the required visual effects sequences using the appropriate assets and compositing techniques
1 Clarify work requirements.
1. With reference to production documentation , clarify requirements for digital visual effects
5 Finalise visual effects.
17. Respond to feedback by making adjustments to visual effects so that they comply with design and production specifications
4 Produce visual effects.
13. Create final visual effects
On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. In addition, you will have developed the skills required to create digital visual effects and titles for a screen based production.
Details of Learning Activities
In-class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• lab work
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• workshopping of students’ own projects
Out-of-class activities include, but are not limited to,
• accessing learning and tutorial resources on Lynda.com
• work shopping
• independent project based work
|Wk||Class Content - IMAGING 1 - Semester 1||Assessments||CUFANM402A||BSBDES501A|
|1||Course overview: Imaging 1 (Create digital visual effects) - Training Needs Analysis - Photoshop: Interface, tool selection and navigation.||1, 2||1, 2|
|2||Photoshop - Basic selections. Overview and skill development with geometric, freehand, colour and tone based selections.||1, 2||1, 2|
|3||Photoshop - Image retouching. Introduction to clone stamping, patching, retouching and healing techniques.||1, 2||1, 2|
|4||Photoshop - Layered images and simple composites. Explore supplied resources to develop skills with quick masking, using channels and layer masks.||1, 2, 3||1, 2|
|5||Studio class. A01 - King Kong Movie Poster - Demonstrate your understanding of the skills and techniques covered in class so far.||A01 - King Kong Movie Poster - Design and Composite exercise - Using the supplied images, design and build an early cinema era, King Kong poster.||3, 4, 5||1, 2, 3|
|6||A01 review and project feedback. Photoshop - Undertake a simple printing exercise to illustrate digital image resolution.||1, 2, 3||1, 2, 3, 4|
|7||Studio Shoot - Basic photographic studio techniques. In teams, design, style and capture images for A02 - "Gigantic" Poster Design.||1, 2, 3||1, 2|
|8||Studio Class - Work on building the composite image for A02 - "Gigantic" Poster Design.||A02 - "Gigantic" Poster Design - In teams, design, style and capture images. As individuals build and finish posters illustrating a "gigantic" fluffy toy.||3, 4, 5||1, 2, 3, 4|
|9||A02 review and project feedback. Introduction to A04 Composite Haiku illustration.||1, 2||1, 2, 3|
|10||Photoshop skills assessment - A04 Composite Haiku illustration concept presentations.||A03 - Digital Imaging Skills Assessment - Demonstrate your ability to complete a series of set photoshop tasks.||3, 4, 5||1, 2, 3, 4|
|11||A03 review and project feedback. Photoshop - Levels and curves. Learn to maximise contrast and tonal range in digital images.||1, 2||1, 2, 3|
|12||Photoshop - Pen tool techniques. Explore techniques related to bitmap editing, but with vectors. Layout, design, masking and typography.||1, 2||1, 2, 3|
|13||Studio Class - Work on building the composite image for A04 - Composite Haiku Illustration. Receive feedback on your designs, and incorporate changes.||1, 2||1, 2, 3|
|14||Studio Class - Work on building the composite image for A04 - Composite Haiku Illustration. Receive feedback on your designs, and incorporate changes.||A04 - Composite Haiku illustration.|
Make a print,
An event in nature,
|3, 4, 5||1, 2, 3, 4|
|15||A04 review and project feedback.||1, 2||2, 3, 4|
|Wk||Class Content - IMAGING 2 - Semester 2||Assessments||CUFANM402A||BSBDES501A|
|1||Skills review - alpha channel composite/channel|
masking - Introduce A01 - Julianne Kost Composite exercise
|1, 2, 3||N/A|
|2||Photoshop - Levels and curves. Make tonal adjustments to digital images.||1, 2, 3||N/A|
|3||Studio class. A01 - Julianne Kost composite exercise. Demonstrate your understanding of the skills and techniques covered in class so far.||A01 - Julianne Kost composite exercise - Recreate a contemporary composited artwork by renowned digital artist Julianne Kost, adding your own distinctive touch.||4, 5||N/A|
|4||A01 project feedback. Photoshop - White balance and colour correction. Make colour and colour balancing adjustments to digital images.||1, 2, 3||N/A|
|5||Photoshop - Seamless digital textures. Build seamless textures and explore their use in a variety of digital imaging applications.||1, 2, 3||N/A|
|6||Studio class. A02 - Colour correction exercise - Demonstrate your understanding of the skills and techniques covered in class so far.||A02 - Colour correction exercise - In addition to completion of class exercises, demonstrate your understanding of intermediate image correction skills, by colour correcting a series of digital stills.||4, 5||N/A|
|7||A02 project feedback. Photoshop - Vector techniques. Explore a variety of vector illustration, masking and review pen tool techniques.||4, 5||N/A|
|8||Photoshop - Hair masking techniques. Discover secrets to the trickiest composite that can be achieved in digital image editing: hair masking.||1, 2, 3||N/A|
|9||Photographic studio: Hair masking shoot. In teams, aquire images for use in A03 - Hair masking exercise||1, 2, 3||N/A|
|10||Studio class. A03 - Hair masking exercise - Demonstrate your understanding of the skills and techniques covered in class so far.||4, 5||N/A|
|11||Photographic studio: In teams design, style, art direct and capture images for use in A04 - Altered Image Portrait.||A03 - Hair masking exercise - Shoot and post process a complex hair masked portrait.||1, 2, 3||N/A|
|12||A03 project feedback. Photoshop - Advanced retouching. Studio portrait post-production techniques.||1, 2, 3||N/A|
|13||Studio class. A04 - Altered Image Portrait - Demonstrate your understanding of the skills and techniques covered in class so far.||4, 5||N/A|
|14||Studio class. A04 - Altered Image Portrait - Demonstrate your understanding of the skills and techniques covered in class so far.||A04 - Altered Image Portrait - In addition to completion of class exercises, shoot, composite and retouch an "altered image" portrait.||4, 5||N/A|
|15||A04 project feedback. In class presentation, printed A04 - Altered Image Portrait||4, 5||N/A|
Galer & Andrews, 2010, Photoshop CS5 Essential Skills, Focal Press
You are expected to make extensive use of the Lynda.com resource and associated University library facilities, in researching and developing photographic, digital imaging and graphic design techniques.
Students are encouraged to make full use of University computer lab resources. Please consult the course Blackboard page or the University web site for details of access times and locations.
Other required resources include broadband internet access, suitable digital media storage such as a portable hard drive or USB flash drive, with at least 4Gb capacity.
Overview of Assessment
Assessment tasks include ongoing class exercises and design and development of various animated/composited projects
To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessments to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and once you have demonstrated competency, you will receive a grade for second semester Assessment Tasks A02 and A04 (refer to MyRMIT for grading rubric).
A01 - King Kong Movie Poster - Design and Composite exercise - Using the supplied images, design and build an early cinema era, King Kong poster. (Ungraded)
Due in week 5
A02 - "Gigantic" Poster Design - In teams, design, style and capture images. As individuals build and finish posters illustrating a "gigantic" fluffy toy. (Ungraded)
Due in week 8
A03 - Digital Imaging Skills Assessment - Demonstrate your ability to complete a series of set photoshop tasks. (Ungraded)
Due in week 10
A04 - Composite Haiku illustration. (Ungraded)
Due in week 14
Make a print,
An event in nature,
A01 - Julianne Kost composite exercise
Recreate a contemporary composited artwork by renowned digital artist Julianne Kost, adding your own distinctive touch. (Ungraded)
Due in week 3
A02 - Colour correction exercise (Note: this assessment task is graded together with A04 semester 2)
In addition to completion of class exercises, demonstrate your understanding of intermediate image correction skills, by colour correcting a series of digital stills.
Due in week 6
A03 - Hair masking exercise
Shoot and post process a complex hair masked portrait. (Ungraded)
Due in week 11
A04 - Altered Image Portrait (Note: this assessment task is graded together with A02 semester 2)
In addition to completion of class exercises, shoot, composite and retouch an "altered image" portrait.
Due in week 14
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
For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.
The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration
Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students
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.
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.
Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (web link)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which people can gain entry to, or credit in, recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, in voluntary work, in social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training or other life experiences. Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if a student has previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency has been maintained.
Assessment and Feedback (web link)
You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student Progress (web link)
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Special consideration for Late Submission (web link)
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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration.
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism (web link)
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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