Course Title: Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: VART6288C

Course Title: Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5316 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact : Ruth Wellington

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

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Nominal Hours: 30

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

There are no prerequisites for this course, however on your timetable, this competency, in conjunction with CUVGRD506A Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs will be referred to as Business 1.

Course Description

In this course, you will research and incorporate sustainable design practices and knowledge into a communication outcome. This investigation will respond to a brief that requires you to creatively apply industry specific sustainable information to a reusable design, incorporating effective sustainable practice into the resolution.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRP504A Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice


1. Evaluate current practice for environmental sustainability

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Assess the source of materials used in current practice, taking account of its origin and abundance
1.2 Investigate and evaluate resource usage and sustainability issues in current practice
1.3 Identify and evaluate relevant legislation, codes and national standards that impact on workplace sustainability to ensure compliance
1.4 Analyse existing and potential environmental risks and hazards in the workplace


2. Conserve resources in own practice.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use sustainable work practices across all areas of activity
2.2 Explore alternative sources of materials, including recycled products where possible
2.3 Maximise use of waste products from the creative process
2.4 Source and use sustainable materials in preference to materials in short supply
2.5 Monitor and measure own use of resources on an ongoing basis and make positive changes to own practice


3. Make sustainable design decisions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate choice and use of materials in design briefs, whether generated by self or others
3.2 Assess the impact of user needs and preferences on sustainable design options
3.3 Assess the environmental impact of intended production processes
3.4 Determine opportunities to enhance sustainability by asking pertinent questions
3.5 Positively influence the sustainability of the design process within the scope of own responsibility
3.6 Include explicit reference to sustainability issues in design and production documentation


4. Maintain currency of knowledge on sustainability issues and options

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Maintain currency of specialised knowledge relevant to own area of expertise
4.2 Proactively identify sources of information and professional development for sustainability skills
4.3 Integrate current and emerging ideas into own practice

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

Learning activities will take place in a studio or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

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
• independent retail product research

Teaching Schedule

 This course is in a clustered delivery with - Develop graphic design practice to meet industry needs GRAP9455C, see corresponding timeline in that course guide.

WeekActivityGRAP9455C Learning ElementsActivityVART6288C Learning Elements
1Orientation activities   
2Introduction + Project 1GDP1, 2, 3, 4, 5Introduction to Sustainability 1, 2, 3, 4
3  Project 1S: Major Case study
Task 1S: Eco graphic design
 1, 2, 3, 4
4Project 1GDP - individual research1, 2, 3, 4, 5  
5Project 1GDP - shared research
1, 2, 3, 4, 5  
6  Project 1S - Research 1, 2, 3, 4
7  Task 2S: Eco packaging design 1, 2, 3, 4
8Project 1GDP due in1, 2, 3, 4, 5  
9Project 2GDP introduced.
Project 1GDP - due in
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Project 1S - Feedback/formatting 1, 2, 3, 4
10Task 1GDP - Copyright & IP protection

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

11   Project 1S - due in 1, 2, 3, 4
12Project 2GDP - research/draft1, 2, 3, 4, 5  
13Task 2GDP - Print & packaging regulations1, 2, 3, 4, 5  
14Project 2GDP - final feedback1, 2, 3, 4, 5   
15Project 2GDP due in + Reflection/Presentation1, 2, 3, 4, 5  
16Submission, Feedback & Folio Week1, 2, 3, 4, 5  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts
Recommended Texts
Sustainable Graphic Design, Wendy Jedlicka CCP © 2010 [ISBN 978-0-470-24670-2]
Designing sustainable packaging, Scott Boylston © 2009 [ISBN 978-1-85669-597-8]
Sustainable research by designers, an Anthology, edited by Lisa Graham, © 2011 [ISBN 978-1-86335-876-7]


Website references Property Australia Copyright Council Commons Australia
www.agda.vic.auAustralian Graphic Design Association Industry of Australia Design Conference

Other Resources

Handouts, booklets and online material (learning hub). 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.

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:

  • Sustainability Case Study (100% of final grade)

Assessment Tasks

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.
Smaller tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial assessment task/project.
This course has 1 x Summative project, which must be completed/submitted.
You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Assessment Tasks -
2 x In-class tasks
1 x Major case study/report (100% of final grade) - due Week 11

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

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 be successful in this course.

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:
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
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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.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works

Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions
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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy.
If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor. Further links - Application for extension of time

On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission
On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.
The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Grades will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part thereof), for the first two days. If submissions are three days or more late, the work will only be assessed as a pass or fail – it will not be graded. Submissions seven days or more late should still be handed in, however they will not be assessed and will be kept as a record only.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
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