Course Title: Produce prints

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: VART5994C

Course Title: Produce prints

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Deborah Williams
Kelly Boucher

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

It is highly recommended that this unit be assessed in conjunction with the following units:

  • CUVCOR03B Develop, refine and communicate concept for own work
  • CUVCOR08B Produce drawings to represent and communicate the concept
  • CUVCOR12B Review history and theory for application to artistic practice.
Depending on the context, combined assessment and/or training with a range of other units would also be appropriate, e.g.:
  • CUVCRS08B Document the work progress
  • CUVCRS14B Prepare, store and maintain finished work.

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to produce prints through the exploration and application of a range of techniques, tools, equipment and materials. As such the course covers a range of techniques. It is a specialisation unit and refers to a specific art form.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVVSP45B Produce prints


Explore printmaking techniques to plan work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly identify and select tools, equipment and materials required for the production of prints
1.2 Prepare, clean and maintain tools, equipment and materials in accordance with relevant workplace procedures and safety requirements
1.3 Organise and maintain workspace so that it remains clean and safe.
1.4 Store tools, equipment and materials in accordance with relevant workplace procedures and safety requirements.


Prepare and maintain resources for the production of prints

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess the capabilities of  techniques, tools equipment and materials for different types of prints.
2.2 Use and/or combine different techniques, tools, equipment and materials to determine and extend capabilities.
2.3 Determine the conceptual vision for the proposed prints based on
exploration of different techniques or from supplied information.
2.4 Establish criteria for the selection of techniques to meet the conceptual vision.
2.5 Select techniques based on the conceptual vision.
2.6 Plan work, identifying work processes and resource requirements.


Realise prints

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organise the resources required for the production of the proposed prints based on the plan of work.
3.2 Safely use and adapt techniques, tools, equipment and materials appropriately to realise the conceptual vision.
3.3 Identify potential different approaches that may enhance the final work and incorporate these into the work process.

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide you with a focus on the acquisition of essential industry skills.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Prepare and maintain physical resources for the production of prints
  • Use and test print making techniques
  • Produce prints.

You will also have an understanding of:
  • Occupational health and safety procedures
  • Physical properties and capabilities of the most commonly used materials, tools and equipment
  • Techniques, materials and tools and the way they can be adapted and extended in print making work
  • Approaches to print making and the work of key practitioners
  • Elements and principles of design (introductory level)
  • Historical and theoretical contexts (introductory level)
  • Copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues.

Details of Learning Activities

You will be introduced to the unique possibilities inherent in printmaking processes, with a focus on relief (lino and wood block) and collagraph / stencil for the exploration of notions of duplication, difference, and variation, via practical demonstrations of a selection of printmaking techniques. The course is also designed to motivate and involve students in analytical thinking about visual perceptions, and to engage in objective evaluation and study. Set projects will address ideas and concepts, materials and methods of production and health and safety issues within the print studio.

There is a range of learning activities including:
•    Participation in practical workshops conducted by a teacher. Workshops also provide the opportunity for student to practise & 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 journal (diary) which contains evidence of conceptual development, feedback on work from tutorials, reflection on own development and understanding,  critical engagement and critical discourse

Teaching Schedule

Week 1    Introduction to Semester Two Health and Safety, Conventions and Terminology. Overview of semester delivery.  Project  1 Reduction Linoleum cut
Weeks 2 – 5  Project 1 Reduction Linoleum cut

Weeks 6 -9   Project 2  Collagraph and stencil

Weeks 11 -14  Project 3   Woodcut  printing

Week 16 General Studio and   Folio preparation

Week 17 – 18    Folio Assessment

Please note that the weekly time frame indicated above may alter due to group needs or supplies.

Staff will endeavour to give students ample warning of any alterations.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

as advised throughout the semester

Overview of Assessment

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following evidence of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment. On completion of this course, you will receive graded assessment.

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge.

Your ability to produce prints will be assessed by:

  • Participation and practical demonstration of class based activities culminating in the practical demonstration of an ability to select and apply appropriate techniques and   media to communicate a concept.
  • 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 portfolio of prints by a group of teachers/assessors.
Assessment must take place over a period of time in order to determine competence in the ongoing implementation and monitoring aspects of this course.

Assessment Tasks

•    Demonstration of safe and healthy use of equipment, materials and workspaces in workshops and studios
•    Visual journal which includes relevant research (drawings, visual investigation, engagement in contemporary and historical print practice).
•    Folio of prints related to class projects.
•   Direct observation, written or verbal reports, questioning or discussion.
•  Completion of  OH&S workbook and compliance documentation.

Assessment Matrix

 Visual Diary
•record the development of your ideas into materials and processes eg working drawings technical considerations
•demonstrate and record your brainstorming in order to find interesting visual and conceptual solutions
•engagement of contemporary and historical artistic practice, eg’s of relevant artists
•should include items of interest and relevance, both written & visual eg exhibition reviews/articles, NB it should not merely be a scrapbook
1. Prepare and maintain resources for the production of prints

2. Explore printmaking techniques to plan work

3. Realise prints
  • environmental issues associated with the tools and materials used in prints

 • general knowledge of the historical and theoretical contexts for prints

• awareness of copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues

• organisational and legislative occupational health and safety procedures in relation
to printmaking

 Printmaking Folio
• class set projects
2. Explore printmaking techniques to plan work

3.Realise prints
 • ways of exploring, adapting and combining techniques and •materials to achieve
different effects in printmaking

• the physical properties and capabilities of the range of materials, tools and equipment used in printmaking

• general knowledge of the formal elements and principles of design and their specific application to the production of prints 

• production of prints which demonstrates a
command of selected • •techniques and which is
consistent with the conceptual vision 
 Group Tutorial
• engage in and contribute to group discussion
•discuss the printing processes and research in the production of a series of prints which is consistent to the related investigation
2. Explore printmaking techniques to plan work   • knowledge of materials and tools and how they are
used and extended in printing.
 Observation of Performance
•familiarisation with the use of tools and equipment
•understanding the cleaning and maintaining of tools and equipment
•understanding various print techniques introduced in class
1. Prepare and maintain resources for the production of prints

2. Explore printmaking techniques to plan work

3. Realise prints
• literacy skills sufficient to read product safety labels 

• numeracy skills sufficient to calculate quantities, cost and process times.
• environmental issues associated with the tools and materials used in prints

• cleaning and maintenance techniques for tools and equipment used in printmaking

• work space requirements for printmaking, including ways of organising and
maintaining space
 • knowledge of materials and tools and how they are
used and extended in printing.

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