Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques for digital image enhancement and manipulation

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: VART5985C

Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques for digital image enhancement and manipulation

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5234 - Diploma of Visual Art

Course Contact : Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:TAFEArt@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Kim Lawler

Email: kim.lawler@rmit.edu.au

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

None

Course Description

This course develops the skills and knowledge required to research and experiment with various techniques for the realisation of digital images. It outlines the way digital images are produced through the use of experimentation and ongoing refinement. It is a specialisation unit and refers to a specific art form. 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVVSP13A Research and experiment with techniques for digital image enhancement and manipulation

Element:

Determine and organise resource requirements for new work
Performance Criteria

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess specific resource requirements which arise from the use of techniques and experimental approaches

3.2 Research and access potential resources or services for the production of digital images

3.3 Evaluate cost or other constraints which may impact on the development of work

3.4 Set up or co-ordinate resource requirements in accordance with safety or other workplace requirements

Element:

Develop and refine a conceptual vision for digital images
Performance Criteria

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop a conceptual vision for digital images based on a knowledge and understanding of different digital imaging techniques

2.2 Consider the criteria for selecting techniques, materials and equipment based on results of experimentation

2.3 Establish criteria which are most likely to facilitate the achievement of the conceptual vision

2.4 Select approach to work which meets established criteria
2.5 Refine the conceptual vision based on ongoing experimentation and analysis of digital imaging techniques

Element:

Inform work through experimentation with digital imaging techniques
Performance Criteria

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate the potential for new approaches to digital imaging work based on capabilities of techniques already used

1.2 Select, adapt or introduce new materials, equipment or technology for the achievement of different effects

1.3 Extend the capabilities of digital imaging techniques through experimentation to inform practice

1.4 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property, moral rights and copyright requirements

Element:

Realise digital images

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Realise the digital images using techniques selected from research and experimentation to meet the conceptual vision

4.2 Evaluate and respond to the potential for changes in the use of techniques, materials, or equipment

4.3 Refine the conceptual vision based on ongoing experiences with the production of work

4.4 Use safe working practices throughout the production digital images
4.5 Consider issues of presentation and take action accordingly


Learning Outcomes


In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

  • lectures
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • studio work.
2. Out-of-class activities include:
  • practical exercises
  • reading articles and excerpts
  • preparing for discussion
  • project work
  • independent research.
You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

On completion of this course you will be able to:
  • Inform work through experimentation with digital imaging techniques
  • Develop and refine a conceptual vision for digital images
  • Determine and organise resource requirements for new work
  • Realise digital images.


Details of Learning Activities

There is a range of learning activities including:

  • Participation in practical workshops conducted by a teacher. Workshops also provide the opportunity for student to practice & perform under supervision and coaching from a teacher
  • Participation in tutorials which can be one on one, small groups or whole class and which provide the opportunity for students to present their work for comment and critique by teachers and fellow students
  • Individual studio time for students to work on projects to develop skills and conceptual ability in an environment of discovery and experimentation
  • Keeping a visual diary which contains evidence of conceptual development, feedback on work from tutorials, reflection on own development and understanding, critical engagement and critical discourse
  • Research
  • Ongoing practice to become self managing
  • When available, attendance at exhibitions and field work


Teaching Schedule

Weeks 1-2
• General introduction
• Introduction to digital imaging project 1
• Group & individual tutorials
• Demonstrations
• Theory and knowledge
• Observation checklist: OHS & studio practice

Weeks 3-5
• Group & individual tutorials
• Demonstrations
• Theory and knowledge
• Field work as available

Weeks 5-7
• Group & individual tutorials
• Demonstrations
• Theory and knowledge
• Field work as available
* Observation checklist: OHS & studio practice
• Presentation and feedback on project 1

Weeks 8-15
• Introduction to digital imaging project 2:
• Group & individual tutorials
• Demonstrations
• Theory and knowledge
• Observation checklist: OHS & studio practice

Week 16 Studio work

Week 17-18 Assessment and moderation


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Students have access to advanced digital imaging production facilities. Resources include Apple Mac computers. All machines run Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended™ and complimentary software. State of the art scanners and late model digital cameras are available for use.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge. Your ability to relaise thematically connected digital artworks will be assessed by:

  • Direct observation of digital imaging work in progress, including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Questioning and discussion about your intentions and the work outcome
  • Verbal and written reports
  • Review of visual journal by teacher/assessor against specified criteria
  • Review of digital folder
  • Review of folio of digital images by a group of teachers/assessors
  • Review of presentations
  • Observation (with questions and answers).


Assessment Tasks

  • Demonstration of safe and healthy use of equipment, materials and workspaces in workshops and studios assessed through checklists
  • Visual journal
  • Digital Folders
  • Folio of digital images
  • Class presentation
  • Observation tasks


Assessment Matrix

Assessment evidenceElementEssential skillsEssential knowledgeCritical aspects of assessment
 Visual diary
  • Inform work through experimentation with digital imaging techniques
  • Develop and refine a conceptual vision for digital images
  • literacy skills sufficient to interpret information and material about the work of other digital artists and to read equipment instructions
  • the role of experimentation in developing and refining concepts for digital images
  • detailed knowledge of physical properties and capabilities of techniques and equipment used in digital imaging work and the maintenance of equipment
  • the characteristics of different techniques and equipment and the potential of these characteristics to achieve different effects
  • the formal elements and principles of design and how these may be used, adapted and challenged in the development of concepts for digital imaging work
  • research skills and sources of information to inform experimentation in the production of digital work
  • the historical and theoretical contexts for digital imaging work and how this may be used to inform own artistic practice
  • copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation associated with digital imaging work
 
 Digital Folder  
  • research skills and sources of information to inform experimentation in the production of digital  work
 
 Folio
  • Determine and organise resource requirements for new work
  • Realise digital images
  • numeracy skills sufficient to deal with issues such as equipment capacity, optimum resolutions, storage capacity of various storage mediums
  • sources of equipment and software used for digital imaging work
  • production of digital images which demonstrate a highly developed command of the selected techniques and which are consistent with the conceptual vision
  • in depth knowledge of techniques, materials and equipment and the ways they may be adapted and extended
 Observation of performance  
  •  detailed knowledge of physical properties and capabilities of techniques and equipment used in digital imaging work and the maintenance of equipment
  • work space requirements for digital imaging work, including selection and set up of work space for particular types of work
  • organisational and legislative occupational health and safety procedures in relation to digital imaging work
 
 Presentation  
  •  the role of experimentation in developing and refining concepts for digital images
  • the characteristics of different techniques and equipment and the potential of these characteristics to achieve different effects
  • the historical and theoretical contexts for digital imaging work and how this may be used to inform own artistic practice
  • copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation associated with digital imaging work
  • sources of equipment and software used for digital imaging work
 

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