Course Title: Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: VART5952C

Course Title: Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5228 - Diploma of Photoimaging

Course Contact : Program Administration: Stephen Skok

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4015

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Naomi Herzog
Phone: 9925 4170


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

CUFDIG303A Produce and prepare photo images
CUFDIG304A Create visual design components

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage colour in a digital imaging workplace.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI514A Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace


Element 1 Research history and apply theory of colour in a digital imaging context.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify colour theories/theory as it applies to the digital
imaging context using appropriate sources of information and standards .
1.2 Evaluate currency/credibility of information gathered and ensure research scope is sufficiently broad.
1.3 Examine how colour is created, defined and managed in contemporary digital imaging devices.
1.4 Investigate the areas of capture, display, output and archive spaces in contemporary digital imaging devices where colour management is critical to the production of a quality product .
1.5 Maintain accurate and comprehensive details of sources of information and standards.


Element 2 Identify appropriate colour management systems and strategies and apply to a workplace.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and select appropriate colour management systems and strategies for specific digital imaging devices.
2.2 Evaluate suitability of selected colour management systems and strategies in terms of relevance and cost efficiency.
2.3 Adopt and adapt selected colour management systems and strategies to digital workplace.


Element 3 Review and update colour management strategies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Review performance and assess impact of adapted colour management systems and strategies.
3.2 Develop systems to update and respond to future colour management systems and strategies as they arise from emerging technologies and workplace practices.


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to research, evaluate and determine the appropriate colour management strategy required for a range of photographic printing projects.

Students will have the knowledge to plan, coordinate and manage the accuracy, consistency and integrity of colour in their printing workflows to industry standard.



Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• pigment inkjet printing
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• workshopping of students’ own projects

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
• online research
• work shopping
• independent project based work


Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentDue dates for submission itemsElements
Week1Principles of advanced colour management –
Semester overview & Assignment Briefing
Week2Applied colour management - Monitor Calibration & Soft Proofing
Revision of basic principles of colour management
Week3Applied colour management - Rendering intents
Perceptual vs Relative Colorimetric
 Formative Item 1 due 1, 2
Week4Applied colour management
Prepare for output 1
 Formative Item 2 due 1, 2
Week5Applied colour management
Creating & applying custom printer profiles
Week6Applied colour management _Printing and output devices - Printing to large format  1,2
Week11Applied colour management
Camera Calibration 1
Week12Applied colour management
Camera Calibration 2
Week13Project work Formative Item 3 due 1,2,3
Week14Project work  1,2,3
Week15Project work  1,2,3
Week16Submission and presentation Summative ssessment Item Due 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Galer M., Andrews P., 2010, Photoshop CS5 – Essential Skills, Focal Press


You will be supplied with a range of references during the semester- these will be located in the course information area on the server under the Links folder.
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

You will need to have access to data storage devices, computer with Bridge and current Photoshop software. You can access RMIT faciltiies within access hours or provide your own. You will also require access to camera and lighting equipment as required.

Overview of Assessment

Students are required to complete class tutorial exercises, participate in class discussions and research various applications of innovative imaging techniques. Students will also be required to produce proof sheets and within a workflow process, produce final screen and hard copy prints via a range of output mediums including lab, inkjet and darkroom for their assessment in this course.

Assessment Tasks

Semester 2 Assessment items include:

Monitor Calibration
Calibrate monitor to ensure accurate representation of digital files.
Due - week 3
Soft Proof test
Set file up and apply a soft proof then produce a small test print
Due – week 4
Test Prints examining rendering intents, colour spaces & resolution
Produce a series of test prints to test rendering intents, colour spaces, correct application of profiles & resolution Due - week 13

Folio comprising of colour managed

Folio – 4 Prints
Produce a folio of four printed images from your own work which apply advanced colour management strategies.
The folio must contain both digital files as well as final pigmented inkjet prints.
Due –Week 16

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

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

You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. This feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please advise teacher in advance if an extension of time or special consideration is required for submission of work. Refer to the course Blackboard site for policy information including information on late submissions.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this 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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=

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