Course Title: Develop and refine artistic practice to produce a concept for thematically connected digital art wor

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: VART5986

Course Title: Develop and refine artistic practice to produce a concept for thematically connected digital art wor

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5234 - Diploma of Visual Art

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:TAFEArt@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

T: 9925 1988

E: david.vanroyen@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 100

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

In this course  you will develop the skills and knowledge required to develop artistic practice to produce a concept for a thematically connected digital art work incorporating other media through the exploration and application of a range of advanced techniques and media.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU024 Develop and refine artistic practice to produce a concept for thematically connected digital art wor

Element:

Develop and refine conceptual vision for thematically connected digital media art work 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate the potential for new approaches to producing based on capabilities of techniques and tools previously used
1.2 Explore and experiment with a range of advanced techniques and tools for the achievement of different effects and to inform practice
1.3 Explore and experiment with the range of delivery platforms available for digital media products
1.4 Explore the range of typographical and visual digital media elements that are appropriate in the development of a digital media artwork
1.5 Identify the relationship between the visual components and the hardware required
1.6 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches with consideration of intellectual property, moral rights and copyright requirements

Element:

Experiment with digital media techniques and other media to inform thematically connected digital media art work 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine the conceptual vision for the proposed art work based on knowledge and understanding of different software, hardware and techniques
2.2 Consider and establish criteria for selecting techniques, tools and equipment required for the production of the art work based on experimentation results
2.3 Select approach to work which meets established criteria
2.4 Refine conceptual vision based on ongoing experimentation and analysis of techniques and tools


Learning Outcomes


The ability to research, generate and discuss ideas is an integral part of the creative process, and sits alongside the technical skills specific to particular art forms. On successful completion of this course, you will have completed workshops and projects that will contribute to an understanding of basic digital imaging principles.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Experiment with digital media techniques and other media to inform thematically connected digital media art work
  • Develop and refine conceptual vision for thematically connected digital media art work.


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 for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.

Your ability to develop and refine artistic practice to produce a concept for thematically connected digital art work will be assessed by:

  • Observation (with questions and answers) of safe and healthy preparation & maintenance of equipment, materials and work spaces. This is conducted three times per semester.
  • 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.


Assessment Tasks

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


Assessment Matrix

Assessment evidenceElementEssential skillsEssential knowledgeCritical aspects of assessment
 Visual diary
  • experiment with digital media techniques and other media to inform thematically connected digital media art work
  • literacy skills sufficient to research and interpret information and materials
  • research skills and ability to source information to inform experimentation and continued learning
  • experimentation skills to inform development and refinement of concepts
  • the role of experimentation and conceptualisation in contemporary digital art practice
  • detailed knowledge of physical properties and capabilities of the range of materials and equipment used in video art
  • knowledge of historical and contemporary digital media practices and emerging trends including those that do not use digital media
  • the historical and theoretical contexts and how these may be used to inform own artistic practice
 
Digital Folder 
  • research skills and ability to source information to inform experimentation and continued learning
  • experimentation skills to inform development and refinement of concepts
  • ability to use software as a medium
  • management of information
 
 Folio
  • develop and refine conceptual vision for thematically connected digital media art work
  •  technological skills and the ability to use and extend understanding of emerging software
  • numeracy skills sufficient to calculate and evaluate quantities and cost
  • experimentation skills to inform development and refinement of concepts
  • planning and organisational skills
  • ability to use software as a medium
  • ability to integrate or interpret other mediums with digital artwork to allow for the evolving characteristics
  • of contemporary practice
  • installation of technical equipment e.g. sound and image
  • the characteristics of different techniques under different treatments and the potential of these characteristics to achieve different effects
  • the physical properties and capabilities of the range of materials and equipment used in photography/digital imaging including the technical aspects of the 35mm/digital camera and a range of camera types
  • processes related to the production of photographic/digital images
  • characteristics of assorted light-sensitive photographic materials and digital print media
  •  demonstrates a command of selected advanced techniques and which are consistent with the conceptual vision
  • demonstrates knowledge of materials and tools and how they are used and extended
Observation of performance
  • experiment with digital media techniques and other media to inform thematically connected digital media art work
  • literacy skills sufficient to research and interpret information and materials
  •  familiarity with the capability of a range of tools and techniques for producing and manipulating images
  • knowledge and application of a range of industry design software and hardware
  • knowledge of emerging technologies and software
  • the physical properties and capabilities of the range of materials and equipment used in photography/digital imaging including the technical aspects of the 35mm/digital camera and a range of camera types
  • work space requirements for photography/digital imaging, including ways of organising and maintaining space and darkroom and studio facilities
  • organisational and legislative occupational health and safety requirements in relation to photography/digital imaging in particular the risks associated with various photographic materials, processes and techniques and darkroom and studio practices and facilities
  • equipment cleaning and maintenance techniques
 
 Presentation
  • experiment with digital media techniques and other media to inform thematically connected digital media art work
 
  •  the role of experimentation and conceptualisation in contemporary digital art practice
  • principles and characteristics of digital and traditional graphics
  • knowledge of the creative elements of a production including interpreting creative information, scripts and images
  • copyright laws, regulations and copyright clearance procedures
  • awareness of copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues
  • knowledge of a range of photographers work and the impact of social and cultural influences within modernist art/historical and contemporary post-modern contexts
  • art and design’s relationship to photography/digital imaging
  • knowledge of editing and its history and philosophy
  • knowledge of historical and contemporary digital media practices and emerging trends including those that do not use digital media
  • the historical and theoretical contexts and how these may be used to inform own artistic practice
 

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