Course Title: Produce and create graphics in response to a brief

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: GRAP5269

Course Title: Produce and create graphics in response to a brief

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5230 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact : Meredith Chesney

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact Email:meredith.chesney@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 90

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

None

Course Description

Develop graphics incorporating a range of features for cross-media publishing in response to a brief using advanced skills and high- end application.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU249 Produce and create graphics in response to a brief

Element:

1 Interpret the design brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly interpret the specifications of the brief
1.2 Establish and clarify with the user or client the proposed product/service to inform decisions
1.3 Identify and clarify specifications, parameters or constraints of the brief in consultation with
relevant colleagues
1.4 Source and evaluate information pertinent to the brief
1.5 Open graphics files and confirm design brief requirements

Element:

2 Balance image and file size

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Repeat graphics efficiently using a symbol or stamp to reduce file size
2.2 Create slices from objects, layers or groups and update as required
2.3 Apply type anti-aliasing to keep small text easy to read
2.4 Automate tasks wherever possible and where necessary use scripts for automation

Element:

3 Manipulate objects

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Manipulate and edit objects and text as required
3.2 Identify elements for repetition and use repetition tools to create and manipulate duplicates
3.3 Create complex shapes by combining shapes into compounds and edit if required

Element:

4 Import images

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Embed and/or link bitmap images in the file
4.2 Modify and/or duplicate placed Bitmaps depending on design requirements
4.3 Mask and/or add opacity mask to Bitmaps
4.4 Export layered file to image editing program for editing

Element:

5 Develop variable templates

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Define objects within the template as variables as required by the design brief
5.2 Use an automated script or an image server to ensure variations, using data stored in any
ODBC-compliant source
5.3 Test the template variables to ensure correct operation

Element:

6 Colour separate artwork

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Determine the correct format for the colour separation as per the requirements of the pre-press workflow system
6.2 Set command preferences to correct preferences for print quality and process
6.3 Set the colour separation options according to print requirements of the design brief and based on printer feedback
6.4 Combine process and spot colours if required
6.5 Select a screen frequency value appropriate for the print quality and save colour separation preferences
6.6 Create spreads and choke traps to avoid mis-registration
6.7 Define the overlapping and overprint of objects
6.8 A proof is created and the separations checked, any required editing is completed and
the file is saved

Element:

7 Prepare for final media

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Embed metadata tags to catalogue, organise and retrieve artwork
7.2 Select web-safe colours for cross-media publishing purposes
7.3 Choose file formats to best represent artwork styles
7.4 Link objects to create an image map that meets design requirements
7.5 Layer objects to create animation frames and export for animation set up
7.6 Select compression options that keep the image quality high and the file size low
7.7 Set export options to the best settings for the final media and save an export the file


Learning Outcomes


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Details of Learning Activities

On your timetable, this competency, in conjunction with ICPPP252A (Output Images) will be referred to as Reprographics.
Graphic designers or graphic artists plan, analyse, and create visual solutions to communication problems. They decide the most effective way of getting a message across in print, electronic, and film media using a variety of methods. Graphic designers develop the overall layout and production design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, and other publications.
They also produce promotional displays, packaging, and marketing brochures for products and services, design distinctive logos for products and businesses, and develop signs and signage systems for business and government.
The application of this unit in the workplace sees a graphic designer developing graphics that incorporate a range of features for cross-media publishing in response to a brief using advanced skills and high-end application. This work would usually be carried out under limited supervision.


Teaching Schedule

Week beginningActivityPerformance criteria
8 February‘O’ week 
15 February Graphic Print Production *
Overview of Industry Structure, Job Roles and Workflows
 VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
22 February Prepress *
Image Basics – Knowledge Activity
Types of Originals, Screening Technology
 VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
1 March Prepress *
Image Basics & Halftones – Practical Activity
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
8 March Prepress *
Image Basics & Halftones (Output) – Practical Activity
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
15 March Prepress *
Image Basics & Halftones – Knowledge Activity
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
22 March Digital Images *
Pixel Graphics – Bit Depth, Colour Mode, Resolution, File Size – Knowledge Activity Knowledge Test
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
29 March Digital Images *
Image Editing (Cropping & Straightening) – Practical Activity
(HOLIDAY FRIDAY)
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
12 April Chromatics*
Swatchbook
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
19 April Chromatics*
Colour Matching Activity
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
26 AprilAG Ideas 
3 May Chromatics*
Colour libraries, Spot Colour, Pantones
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
10 May Digital Images *
Automation – Knowledge Activity
Knowledge Test
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
17 May Brief 1 – Symbols
Scanning Basics – Practical Activity
Digitising Images Symbols – Practical Activity
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
24 May Brief 1 – Symbols
Digitising Images Symbols – Practical Activity
Due date: end of class this week                                     Assessment: 20%
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
31 May Printing *
Printing Processes  - Knowledge Activity & Print Recognition Workshop
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
5 July  Digital Images *
Scanning Line Scanning – Knowledge Activity
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
12 July Digital Images *
Scanning Line Scanning – Practical Activity
Knowledge Test
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
19 July Brief 2 – Collaborative poster
B & W Collaborative poster
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
26 July Brief 2 – Collaborative poster
B & W Collaborative poster
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
2 August Brief 2 – Collaborative poster
B & W Collaborative poster
Due date: end of class this week                                     Assessment: 20%
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
9 August Digital Images *
File Formats & Compression – Knowledge Activity
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
16 August Printing *
Printing Processes  - Knowledge Activity & Print Recognition Workshop
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
23 August Printing *
Printing Processes  - Knowledge Activity & Print Recognition Workshop
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
30 August Digital Images – Patterns
PATTERN MAKING
Knowledge Test
 VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
6 September Brief 3  – Patterns
Themed Patterns – PATTERNS
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
13 September Brief 3 – Patterns
Themed Patterns – PATTERNS
Due date: end of class this week                                     Assessment: 20%
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
4 October Printing *
Finishing Processes - Knowledge Activity Workshop
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
11 October Reprographics *
Revision Activities
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
18 October Brief 4 – Variable data
Variable data
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
25 October Brief 4 – Variable data
Variable data
Due date: end of class this week                                     Assessment: 20%
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7
1 November Folio week
  VPAU052 1.1– 1.5, 2.1 –  2.4, 3.1 – 3.3, 4.1 – 4.4, 5.1 – 5.3, 6.1 – 6.8, 7.1 – 7.7


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Title: A Guide to Graphic Print Production – 2nd edition / [Kaj Johansson, Peter Lundberg, Robert Ryberg].
Author: Johansson, K. (Kaj)
Other Author(s): Lundberg, Peter.
Ryberg, Robert.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2007.

0471761389


References

A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year. Additional information relating to this will be provided on an ongoing basis. A digital resource folder resides on network server. The drive is called ‘ Trumpet’ and the access address is trumpet.dsc.rmit.edu.au. Further information regarding access to this is available in the computer survival kit provided during orientation.


Other Resources

A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year. Additional information relating to this will be provided on an ongoing basis. A digital resource folder resides on network server. The drive is called ‘ Trumpet’ and the access address is trumpet.dsc.rmit.edu.au. Further information regarding access to this is available in the computer survival kit provided during orientation.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this unit will include some or all of the following tools;
test, quizzes, projects, exercises, briefs, research projects.

Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress, within class time.
A final assessment of Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent will be given at the end of the course when students will submit all completed work.
To be deemed competent students must satisfactorily complete all Learning Elements and related Performance Criteria.
Grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.
 
 


Assessment Tasks

Due dates are indicated on the timeline section of this guide
20%    Knowledgedge Test (4 Tests)
Class activities must be completed These are indicated with an * on the timeline. In cases of absence it is the students responsibility to consult directly with the instructor to arrange an agreed time frame for completion of missed work. This would normally be within one week unless otherwise arranged. Work handed in later than 1 week late without prior arrangement may not be accepted. Please take note of section on ‘Work not seen in progress’ in this course guide
20%    Brief 1 – Symbols
20%    Brief 2 – Collaborative Poster
20%    Brief 3 – Pattern making
20%    Brief 4 – Variable Data


Assessment Matrix

HD High Distinction = 80 – 100%
DI Distinction = 70 – 79%
CR Credit = 60 – 69%
PA Pass (Higher Grade Available) = 50 – 59%
PX Pass (No Higher Grade Available)
NN Fail = 0 – 49%
NYC(not yet competent)
CA (competency achieved

Other Information

Attendance
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.

Late submissions and single item extensions In all courses marks are deducted for late submission unless Special Consideration or an Application for Extension is sought. If a student feels they may miss a deadline for a single item submission they may negotiate an extension with their teacher. They must negotiate the extension by the due date of submission. They must complete the Application for Extension form available for the Administration Office on level 3 B515. (This does not apply where there are a number of missed submissions due to general difficulties – see Special Consideration).

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for ever piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges they are aware of the plagiarism implications noted below. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Is also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

Work not seen in progress
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues.

Course guide is subject to change in relation to project variations.

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