Course Title: Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: GRAP5296C

Course Title: Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5249 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ann maher

John Perperis

Kristine Pigford

Marni Rudd

Nominal Hours: 80

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

This unit has linkages to all the specialisation units in the Visual Arts Craft and Design Training Package, and to units from other Training Packages.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop drawings which represent and communicate the concept. This is a core unit which complements all the specialisation units. It is different from the drawing specialisation units which focus on drawing as an art form. This unit goes beyond the scope of CUVCOR07B Use drawing techniques to represent the object or idea and CUVCOR08B Produce drawings to represent and communicate the concept in terms of the complexity of skill requirement, use of techniques and sophistication of representation. This work would usually be carried out under supervision.
This is a core unit which underpins many other specialisation units.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVCOR09B Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept


1.  Research suitable drawing techniques for representing the concept

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify appropriate sources of information relating to a range of techniques and materials and their application to the communication of a concept.
1.2 Systematically gather and organise the information.
1.3 Evaluate information in terms of the application of techniques and materials to the concept.
1.4 Select a range of possible techniques taking into account communication of the concept and the presentation context.


2.  Determine purpose for drawings

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify purpose, scope and presentation context of drawing requirements.
2.2 Identify any technical requirements or specifications.
2.3 Select a range of possible techniques taking into account communication of the concept and the presentation context.


3.  Explore drawing techniques and produce drawings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select appropriate materials and tools for drawing.
3.2 Draw the concept using the range of selected techniques.
3.3 Evaluate suitability of each technique in terms of its success in communicating the concept within the presentation context.
3.4 Select the drawing/s which best communicate/s the concept within the presentation context.
3.5 Prepare drawing/s for the identified presentation context.

Learning Outcomes

This unit contains employability skills.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will undertake sequential learning activities to build skills in drawing for professional environments.

In class activities include: 

Media and technique  Demonstrations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Peer teaching and class presentations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Teacher directed activities/projects
Class based activities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘workshopping’ class activities

Out of class activities will include:

Online video demonstrations for drawing
Independent practice of drawing techniques      

Topics covered include :

Perspective drawing
Tonal & colour rendering techniques - pen & ink, markers, colour pencils, mixed media

Drawing from plans
On sight drawing activities

Exploration of materials

Exploration of drawing techniques
Applying appropriate materials to a concept
Applying appropriate rendering techniques to a concept

Students will learn by observation, group critiques, electronic demonstrations, teacher demonstrations and by completing set tasks

Self-Directed Learning - Some activities will include a self-directed learning approach; self-directed learning refers to organised activities that students undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students that are supervised by a teacher. This may include workplace research, library assignments. Field trips and work placements.

Teaching Schedule

For Weekly Outline of Teaching Schedule and Course Outline, please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder

GRAP 5296C Drawing Techniques

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material outlined in the Weekly Outline, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Please refer to MYRMIT (Blackboard) for weekly outline of teaching schedule & course outline:

GRAP 5296C Drawing Techniques

Doyle, M E., 2007, Colour Drawing - design drawing skills for Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers
3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, Canada, 2007

Seidler D, Korte’ A., 2010, Hand Drawing For Designers - Communicating ideas Through Architectural Graphics,  Fairchild Books, New York 

Mitton, M., 2012, Interior Design Visual Presentation: A Guide to Graphics, Models, and Presentation Techniques, 4th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York

Plunkett, D., 2009, Drawing For Interior Design, Laurence king publishing

Drawing Techniques course notes and Materials List are on Blackboard MYRMIT - Please note that you will be required to print out all notes as required by your teacher

Overview of Assessment

The following evidence is critical to the judgement of competence in this unit:
• production of a series of drawings which demonstrate a command of the selected techniques and which successfully communicate the concept.

Assessment Tasks

For Assessment, students will compile a completed series of class based exercises in a folio presentation

1. FOLIO SUBMISSION: Completed weekly exercises 

This folio is made up of a series of assessible exercises as outlined in the weekly schedule

All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome. At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based 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

Drawing Techniques is a clustered unit and this will allow us to assess your project work against several competencies.
This course is clustered with Soft Furnishings for interiors

Assessment Matrix

For Assessment Matrix, please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder

Other Information

Drawing Techniques is a clustered unit. This is clustered with the following unit Soft Furnishings for Interiors


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

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.

Cover Sheet for Submissions

All students must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Please refer to the following URL for further information regarding plagiarism.

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.

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