Course Title: Prepare digital images for pre-press processing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: VART6286C

Course Title: Prepare digital images for pre-press processing

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5316 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact : Meredith Chesney

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9165

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 45

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

None, however this unit will be delivered in conjunction with CUVPHI529A Employ Colour Management in a Digital Imaging Workplace and will be referred to as Finished Art 1

Course Description

In this unit you will develop skills and knowledge to prepare digital images for print. Through a range of varied learning activities with a focus on industry terminology, colour management and standards you will learn how to make informed choices relating to software, processes, file preparation and use of equipment. These skills and knowledge will be applied to turn your creative ideas into print ready outcomes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI530A Prepare digital images for pre-press processing


1. Consult with pre-press bureau about formatting requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Source a checklist for printing requirements from appropriate people and follow throughout preparation process
1.2 Obtain relevant specifications for software and image file formatting from appropriate people
1.3 Ensure constraints of different printing processes and other diffusion techniques are understood


2. Prepare files for pre-press processing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Prepare image files using appropriate pre-press processing techniques
2.2 Choose suitable test charts/targets and print to appropriate specifications for ink density and stock on a linearised proofer
2.3 Calibrate digital proofing device to examine test charts and use results to generate colour profile
2.4 Print test file on calibrated digital proofing device and use results to generate output profile for press and stock
2.5 Proof sample image and confirm with client
2.6 Optimise images and output image product to profile specifications using industry standards
2.7 Save image files in appropriate format for pre-press processing and prepare invoice or account for client
2.8 Pack completed images for electronic or physical dispatch with invoice or account and deliver to agreed location by appropriate methods within agreed timeframe
2.9 Conclude and maintain management procedures


3. Wrap up and review print preparation

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Catalogue and archive images appropriately
3.2 Review response from client against final printed product
3.3 Maintain contractual and financial records for business and taxation purposes
3.4 Review personal performance within job context
3.5 Identify future opportunities, work directions, equipment needs and workflow changes resulting from job

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 may include:

  • class exercises
  • tutorials
  • practical demonstrations
  • workshops
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities may include:

  • independent research
  • independent project based work
  • studio practice
  • online tutorials and activities
  • review and revision

Teaching Schedule

<thead> <th scope="col">Session Week</th> <th scope="col">Session Description</th> <th scope="col">Due Dates</th> </thead>
01Task 1 (Formative) – Preflighting

Manual file checks and Preflighting in InDesign


Colour – Process Swatch Book
Formative Learning

Creation of Swatch Book
Printing of Swatch book

TASK 1 DUE (Formative)

Checked files with embedded preflight

03Colour – Process Swatch Book
Formative Learning

Printing of Swatch book
Colour Matching Activity

Deliver: FMCG Brief


Barcodes & QR codes
Formative Learning

Creative Barcode

05Test File
Formative Learning

Creation of Digital test file

Deliver: Book Cover Brief


Task 2 (Formative)

Book Cover Task

07Task 2 (Formative)

Book Cover Task

08Task 2 (Formative)

Book Cover Task

TASK 2 DUE (Formative)
09Study Tour: MC
Replacement Staff

Exercise Dieline & Decorate Cube

10Study Tour: MC
Replacement Staff

Exercise Decorate, Print & Construct Cube


Task 3 (Summative) – FMCG

12Task 3 (Summative) – FMCG 
13Task 3 (Summative) – FMCG 
14Task 3 (Summative) – FMCG
Print & Construct

 TASK 3 DUE (Summative)

15FMCG Conclusion
Formative Learning

Project – FMCG wrapper product mockup

Photograph Mockup - submit photograph


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed text in this course – This course has recommended books listed under ‘References’


You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site (Blackboard) 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. A digital resource folder resides on network server. Further information regarding access to this is available in the computer survival kit provided during orientation. Recommended Books

Title: A Guide to Graphic Print Production – 3rd edition / [Kaj Johansson, Peter Lundberg, Robert Ryberg].
Author: Johansson, K. (Kaj)
Other Author(s): Lundberg, Peter. and Ryberg, Robert.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2011.


Title: Graphic Design : Australian style manual
Author: Andrew Townley Barnum ... [et al.].
Other Author(s):Barnum, Andrew Townley.
Publisher: North Ryde, N.S.W. : McGraw-Hill, 2011.


Other Resources

You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site (Blackboard) 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. A digital resource folder resides on network server. Further information regarding access to this is available in the ‘Computer Survival Kit’ provided during orientation.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.

Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning.

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 of the library resources

The University Library has extensive resources for Graphic Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

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 (40% of final grade)
  • Design project 2 (50% of final grade)
  • Knowledge Test (10% of final grade)

Assessment Tasks

Tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment task and you should engage in all formative tasks.

This course has 1 Summative Task which must be completed. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Formative Tasks & Exercises:

  • Task 1: Preflighting (Due week 02)
  • Colour Swatch Book
  • Colour Matching
  • Barcodes & QI Codes
  • Dieline Creation
  • Task 2: Book Cover (Due week 08)

Summative Assessment Task

Task 3
FMCG – Packaging
Due week 14

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 are: 

CHD - Competent with High Distinction.
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment
NYC - Not Yet Competent

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

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

When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e-Submission process. Information regarding the e-Submission process can be located e-submission
 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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