Course Title: Investigate and exploit innovative imaging options

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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 Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Todd Riddiford

Phone: +61 3 9925 4774

Email: todd.riddiford@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 70

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

NIL

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:

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:

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:

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:
• tutorials
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• 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)


Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentAssessment Due
1 Introduction:
•Introduction to Lecturer
•Course overview
•Class expectations & behavior
•Assessment 1: Scale folio briefing

Tutorial:
•Workspace setup
•File formats, folder structure and file naming
•overview of imaging historical, contemporary and emerging imaging technologies
• research methods

 
2 Tutorial:
•Compositing Techniques 1
•Selection methods & techniques
•In class exercise – The pen tool
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 Assessment 1 (Graded): Scale folio piece - concept presentation.
3 Tutorial:
•Compositing Techniques 2
•Grading & Shading
•In class exercise – Creating shadows
 
4 Tutorial:
•Compositing Techniques 3
•Selection methods & techniques
•In class exercise – Channel Masking
 
5 In Class Review & Discussion:
•Students are to present their draft folio piece to their peers. As a group, the class will then give feedback on what improvements could be made to the image.

 

 Assessment 1 (Graded): Scale folio piece - draft presentation.
6 In Class Project work:
•Develop & refine folio image with one on one consultation.
 
7 Tutorial:
•Compositing Techniques 4
•Retouching & Cloning
•In class exercise – Frequency Separation
•Assessment 2: Alternate Reality folio briefing
 Assessment 1 (Graded): Completed Scale folio piece due.
Assessment 2 (Graded): Scale folio piece - Briefing.
8 Tutorial:
•Compositing Techniques 5
•Skin, Hair & Beauty retouching
•Custom Brushes
 Assessment 2 (Graded): Alternate Reality folio piece - concept presentation.
9 Tutorial:
•Compositing Techniques 6
•Blending Modes & textures.
•In class exercise – Mapping Textures
 
10 Tutorial:
•Compositing Techniques 7
•Grading/Treatment options
•Local adjustments vs Global adjustments
•Luminosity masking
 
11 Tutorial:
•Compositing Techniques 8
•Organic Elements (Water, Smoke, Fire, etc)
•Custom Brushes
 
12 In Class Review & Discussion:
•Students are to present their draft folio piece to their peers. As a group, the class will then give feedback on what improvements could be made to the image.

 

Assessment 2 (Graded): Alternate Reality folio piece - draft presentation. 
13 In Class Project work:
•Develop & refine folio image with one on one consultation.
 
14 In Class Project work:
•Develop & refine folio image with one on one consultation.
 
15 In Class Review & Discussion:
•Students are to present their final folio piece to their peers. As a group the class will then give feedback on what improvements could be made to the image.

 

Assessment 2 (Graded): Completed Alternate Reality Folio piece due. 
16 In Class Project work:
•Develop & refine folio image with one on one consultation.
 Resubmission of Folio pieces, if required..


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


References

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

Additional references will be provided in class dealing with specific topics, these may be a mix of online or written materials dealing with specific topics, or an overview of the subject as a whole.


Other Resources

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

You require access to a computer and to the internet for this course. RMIT will provide you with further resources and tools for learning through our online systems and access to specialized facilities and relevant software. You will also have full access to the extensive RMIT library resources.
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online system.

RMIT has a range of equipment available for students to use to complete their assignments including access to RMIT labs with computers, server storage space and required software to complete exercises and assignments. Many students prefer to also have their own personal computer with current Photoshop, Acrobat, Bridge and editing software as well as personal data storage devices (generally a minimum of two)
 


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

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Produce a folio of 2 composited photorealistic images employing advanced compositing and visual effects skills.

The folio must contain both a final flattened image for display as well as the digital files with all the working layers in a psd file. The finished files must contain the full range of tones demonstrating appropriate application of processing, enhancement and output techniques.

In addition to the final folio piece students are required to prepare & submit a concept presentation as well as present progress drafts of the folio piece.

 

 

 


Assessment Task 1: Scale folio piece
Due date: Week 7 – 24th March 2015

Students are to create a folio image combining two or more images of differing scale that are to appear photorealistic. The manipulation & representation of scale is to be explored within the image to add underlying layers of meaning to the concept of the image.

Students are to decide on their subject, shoot/gather the source files and then using masking and compositing techniques to blend the source files into a seamless photorealistic image.

Assessment Task 2: Alternate Reality folio piece
Due date: Week 15 – 26th May 2015

Students are to combine at least 3 separate source files to present an alternate view of the world, future, past or present.
Students are to decide on their subject, shoot/gather the source files and then using masking and compositing techniques to blend the source files into a seamless photorealistic image.

Grades that apply to courses delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment:

•CHD Competent with High Distinction
•CDI Competent with Distinction
•CC Competent with Credit
•CA Competency Achieved
•NYC Not Yet Competent
•DNS Did not Submit for Assessment
 


Assessment Matrix

rmit.edu.au/studentsThe 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

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: rmit.edu.au/students

Attendance
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. Non-attendance may seriously jeopardise the chances of success in a course.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.


Assessment and Feedback
You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for 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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you will need to apply for special consideration.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

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