Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: VART6283C

Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5316 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact : Ann Langusch

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9417

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to use drawing and other visual representation tools to develop, refine and communicate ideas for creative work. You will apply drawing skills as a cognitive tools in your professional practice. You will achieve this using both digital and manual approaches to drawing.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD501A Refine drawing and other visual representation tools


1. Evaluate the role of drawing in professional practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore drawing and other visual communication devices as research, ideas and problem-solving tools for professional practice
1.2 Evaluate how different practitioners use different tools and make links to own work
1.3 Examine and challenge own barriers to drawing
1.4 Determine the ways in which drawing and other visual representation tools could be used to support own practice


3. Develop individual approach to use of drawing

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate completed drawings in terms of their success in communicating ideas
3.2 Evaluate the process of drawing and visual representation as a professional practice tool
3.3 Determine the value and place of drawing and visual representation in own practice based on experimentation


2. Support practice through experimentation with drawing and visual representation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Initiate, develop and evolve ideas through the use of different materials and techniques
2.2 Consider the presentation context in selecting techniques, tools and materials
2.3 Create variety in compositional formats and spatial fields through use of visual elements
2.4 Experiment with techniques to produce single and multi-colour visuals
2.5 Select and use multimedia approaches to visualising
2.6 Compare and contrast the value of electronic and hand drawing for specific purposes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include:
•teacher directed activities/projects
•peer review and class presentations
•group discussion
•online research
•‘workshopping’ of student projects

Out of class activities will include:
•independent project work
•independent web research

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.

Teaching Schedule

tasks due
Performance Criteria
F1 Research. Group research. Packaging Design  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
215/7 F2 Technical exercise. Drawing and mark making. Combine in PhotoshopF1 (Part 1 of research
packaging graphics)
1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
322/7 F2 Technical exercise. Stylisation. Drawing via simple shapes.Whole of F11.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
429/7 F2 Technical exercise. Experiment with technique of choice.  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
55/8 S1 Produce final package illustration.F2 Technical exercises1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
Artist’s Book
S1 Produce final package illustration.
Introduction of Artist’s book project.
S1 Package illustration1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
719/8T-shirtF3 Research topic and present ideas  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
826/8 S2 Produce final of T-shirt graphicsF3 Research for t-shirt1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3


F4 Technique 1S2. T shirt design1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
109/9  Technique 2  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
1116/9  Produce 3 spreadsF4 Technical exercise1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
127/10 S3 Produce book spreads  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
1314/10   Produce book spreads  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
1421/10  Print and bind booklet  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
1528/10  Bind bookletS3 Artist’s book1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
164/11  Assessment  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Kaupelis, Robert, Experimental drawing
Dexter, Emma, Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing
Betti, Clausia & Sale, Teel, Drawing: A Contemporary Approach
Walton, Roger & Cogliantry, Jen, The big book of illustration ideas 2
Klanten, Robert & Hellige, Hendrik, Illusive - Contemporary Illustration and its context

Other Resources

You will require materials and tools that are listed in the Graphic Design Kit and a personal hard drive to store digital work.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks. Assessment tasks in this course are:

  • Design Project 1 (20% of final grade)
  • Design Project 2 (40% of final grade)
  • Design Project 3 (40% of final grade)

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.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
Assessment tasks. (See timeline for due dates.)

Formative Assessment

1 Research packaging graphics

2 Explore illustration terchniques for packaging

3 Develop T-shirt graphics

4 Explore techniques for Artist’s Book projectandproduce 3 spreads

Summative Assessment

1 Produce illustrations for package, and draft package design

2 Produce graphics for t-shirt

3 Produce self-promotional Artist’s book

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.
Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment.

Competent with High DistinctionHD
Competent with DistinctionCDI
Competent with CreditCC
Competency Achieved - GradedCAG
Not Yet CompetentNYC
Did Not Submit for AssessmentDNS

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly
advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum
opportunity to gain the competency.
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes
suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. Student feedback at RMIT
Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your
learning potential. Student progress policy
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. Special consideration, appeals
and discipline

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.
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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