Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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


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


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

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
114/7Formative Task 1Gather ‘neighbourhood’ imagery for use in formative tasks.  
Formative Task 1
Incorporate wet media marks in Photoshop file using layer masks. Produce washes, scan.
  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
221/7 Continue Formative Task 1 1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
tasks 2-5
Formative Task 2-5
Four applications of Task 1 outcome, coloured wash.
Formative Task 2 Use coloured wash as fill for shape
Formative Task 3 Produce line drawings. Use coloured wash as background. Colour line drawing. 
Formative Task 4 Use coloured wash to fill tone drop-out photo
Formative Task 5 Experiment with colour treatments for hand lettering.
 1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
44/8 Formative Tasks 2-5 (cont’d).  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
511/8Sumative Task 2
Folio of the Formative Tasks 1-5 (reworked if necessary in response to self evaluation and feedback.)
Design a mural for a given local site. Class seminar on colour theory in relation to mural colour palette.
Summative task 1
1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
618/8 Mural development.
Produce components - drawings, colour palette, text.
 1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
725/8T-shirtProduce and combine mural elements  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
81/9 Produce and combine mural elements 1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3


Artist’s Book. ‘Home Ground’. Collection of illustrations of your neighbourhood. Research topic and gather reference material.
Produce hand generated components for artist’s book.
Summative Task 2. Mural1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
1015/9  Produce and combine hand generated components for artist’s book.  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
    BREAK 1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
 11 29/9  Produce and digitally  combine hand generated components for artist’s book. Collate into booklet. Submit 5 spreads. Summative Task 3
Interim submission
126/10 Complete spreads. Collate booklet.  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
1313/10  Print and bind booklets  1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
1420/10  Bind booklets
 Summative Task 3. Booklet 1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
1527/10  Workshop. Liaise with students if necessary re submissions. 1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.1-3
163/11  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 are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site and also for Google Docs and Google Groups via your student Google Account for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year. Additional information relating to this will be provided on an ongoing basis.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 Produce wet medium wash and colourise in Photoshop
2 Use coloured wash as fill for shape
3 Produce line drawings. Use coloured wash as background. Digitally colour line drawing
4 Using wet media marks as shadow-fill in tone drop-out photo
5 Experiment with colour treatments for hand lettering

Summative Assessment

1 Folio of formative tasks
2 Mural
3 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.

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 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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