Course Title: Investigate and exploit innovative imaging options

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6258C

Course Title: Investigate and exploit innovative imaging options

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5309 - Diploma of Photo Imaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Naomi Herzog
Phone: 9925 4170

Nominal Hours: 70

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


Course Description

In this course you will cover the skills and knowledge required to exploit creative and innovative options in the production of Photoimages using a variety of imaging technologies and processes.
You will gain skills in resolving complex visual communications problems and interact with a range of imaging technologies (including analogue, digital, hybrid, traditional and emerging). The selection, application and adaptation of these imaging technologies support you in the creation of innovative images.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI519A Investigate and exploit innovative imaging options


Element 1. Research a range of imaging technologies

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Critique and review historical, contemporary and emerging imaging technologies with appropriate people
1.2 Examine and clarify discipline, subject matter and themes of photography/photo imaging and their related imaging technologies
1.3 Identify and review the connection between imaging technology and the visual representation, attributes and opportunities of an image’s subject matter
1.4 Evaluate specialised imaging technologies and their corresponding imaging workflow
1.5 Evaluate currency and credibility of information gathered and ensure research scope is sufficiently broad


Element 2. Create test images and evaluate attributes of imaging technologies

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Acquire or gain access to specialised imaging technologies in cooperation with imaging specialists and suppliers
2.2 Identify and apply appropriate OHS processes and standards in use of specialised imaging technologies
2.3 Apply specialised imaging technologies and imaging workflow to create test images
2.4 Review personal performance in creation of test images


Element 3. Create body of work using imaging technologies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select appropriate imaging technology to create a body of work with specific subject matter or theme
3.2 Consider requirements of creative vision/product and adopt imaging workflow to create images
3.3 Review and adapt imaging workflow to ensure consistency of creative vision and product
3.4 Plan, prepare and organise body of work for presentation using appropriate technology and context
3.5 Review personal performance in creation of body of work and identify concepts for future research
3.6 Store and maintain reference journal of specialised imaging technologies
3.7 Document imaging workflow, reinstate equipment and archive imaging products appropriately

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to exploit creative and innovative options using a variety of imaging technologies and processes.
You will gain skills in resolving complex visual communications problems and interact with a range of imaging techniques. The selection, application and adaptation of these imaging technologies will support you in the creation of innovative images.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:
In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• lectures & tutorials
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• review of photographic digital imaging techniques of students’ choice
Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
• research (online /library /public displays/galleries)
• independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentAssessment DueElements
1Assignment Briefing
- Tutorial – Compositing techniques - mapping textures 1
Assignment Briefing1
2Tutorial – Compositing techniques - mapping textures 2
Class review – photographers’ composited/VFX works (analyse and discuss)
 1, 2
3Tutorial - Compositing techniques - Extraction methods & masking 1 1, 2, 3
4Tutorial - Compositing techniques - Extraction methods & masking 2
grading and skin tones
 1, 2, 3
5Tutorial – Compositing techniques Extraction methods & masking 3
Project work

Digital Journal entry

2, 3
6Tutorial – Compositing techniques - exercise 1a
Project work
Formative Item -Class exercise 12, 3
7Tutorial – Compositing techniques - exercise 1b
Project work
 Digital Journal entry
2, 3
8Tutorial – Compositing techniques - exercise 2
Project work
 2, 3
9Tutorial – Compositing techniques - exercise 3
Project work
  Class exercise 21, 2, 3
10Tutorial – Compositing techniques - exercise 4
Project work
 2, 3
11Project work

Formative Item - Class exercise 3

Digital Journal entry

1, 2, 3
12Tutorial – Calendar Layout development
Project Work - Calendar - image review & selection
 2, 3
13Calendar Project work- for proofing, output & send pdfs to printer Formative Item - Class exercise 4
Digital Journal entry
2, 3
14Project work 3
15Project Work 3
16Folio Submission and presentationSummative 1 due3
17Assessment Week - Non Attendance week  
 NOTE Schedule may change as required  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Galer M., Andrews P., 2010, Photoshop CS5 – Essential Skills, Focal Press


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information and to make use of RMIT’s library database facilities.

Other Resources

Personal data storage device, personal computer with current versions of Acrobat, Bridge and Photoshop, as available in RMIT labs

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include a series of exercises applying visual effects and compositing techniques to produce innovative images. These include (but are not limited to) mapping textures, advanced extraction and masking techniques in addition to compiling a collection of works together in a calendar.
Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises and discussions and through the application of skills and insights learned from the course content to a series of projects requiring the adaptation of contemporary digital imaging technologies which allow you to develop unique and innovative images.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.
For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Assessment items include:


  1. Class exercise 1
    Map the photographic textures provided onto the 3D CG image provided and colour grade the final image
    Due - week 6
  2. Class exercise 2
    Smoothing skin tones
    Using the image provided apply the techniques demonstrated in class to smooth the skin tones.
    Due - week 9
  3. Class exercise 3
    Pen tool extraction
    Using the pen tool extract the subject from the image provided and place into the background image (also provided)
    Due – week 11
  4. Class exercise 4
    Hair and body extraction
    Using channel masks and paths extract the figure from the image provided and place into the background image (also provided)
    Due – week 13
  5. Digital Journal with key Folio Draft presentations
    Chart the progression and development of your two works for your folio through your digital journal.
    Present your digital work in progress files in the digital journal for feedback and evaluation as well as any source or reference material.
    Electronic Submission dates – weeks 5, 7, 11 & 13


  1. Folio – 2 Composited images
    Produce a folio of 2 composited photorealistic images employing advanced compositing and visual effects skills.
    The folio must contain both digital files as well as final pigmented inkjet prints. The files and the prints must contain the full range of tones demonstrating appropriate application of processing, enhancement and output techniques
    Due – Week 16 (pigmented inkjet prints)

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

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

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

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.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

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:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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