Course Title: Create visual design components

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: VART6346C

Course Title: Create visual design components

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact : Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Tali Davies

Accelerated Program Coordinator : Jenni Woods

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


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to create visual designs for a range of interactive media components.
People in this role work closely with other members of a production team. They create visual design components in response to specifications and under the supervision of a graphic designer or producer. They contribute creative ideas to the overall concept that needs to take account of technical considerations, such as the final delivery platform.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDIG304A Create visual design components


Clarify work requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.Clarify type of visual design components required, in consultation with relevant personnel
2.In discussion with relevant personnel, identify factors that may determine or affect visual design concepts, including design techniques
3.Clarify in discussion with relevant personnel the target user and audience, and determine format and delivery platform


Generate and assess ideas

Performance Criteria:

4.Review media products, designs, images, artwork and other creative sources that may inspire visual design ideas
5.Obtain other relevant information that may influence design ideas
6.Generate a range of visual design ideas that are technically feasible, respond to specifications and provide creative solutions to all design issues
7.Present visual design ideas to relevant personnel using design techniques


Plan approach

Performance Criteria:

8.Experiment with traditional and digital imaging techniques to create required visual design components
9.Explore range of typographical and visual design elements to create the components
10.Evaluate initial design ideas and specifications against findings and discuss with relevant personnel to select final design concept
11.Select design technique and discuss with relevant personnel to ensure appropriate output format meets delivery platform requirements


Produce visual design components

Performance Criteria:

12.Develop structure for components based on the final design concept using selected design techniques
13.Apply visual design principles and communication principles to produce components
14.Save visual design in an appropriate format that satisfies the technical parameters determined in consultation with relevant personnel


Finalise visual design components

Performance Criteria:

15.Review visual design components to assess whether creative solutions meet design and technical specifications
16.Discuss and confirm with relevant personnel additional requirements or modifications and undertake any necessary amendments

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements 

Details of Learning Activities

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

NOTE: This unit is clustered with OFFC5215C Use Business Technology. Both units will be both taught together, but assessed on separate criteria.

In Class Activities will include:
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects
• Analysis/critique of own work

Out of class activities will include:
• Online research
• Independent project based work
Self-Directed Learning - Some activities will include a self-directed learning approach;
self-directed learning refers to organised activities that students undertake
independently, either as individuals or with other students that are supervised by a

Teaching Schedule




CLASS CONTENT<o:p></o:p>





OFFC-5215C Element<o:p></o:p>


Task Due<o:p></o:p>


Introduction to Computing<o:p></o:p>

Brief Exercise 1-8<o:p></o:p>

Introduction to Photoshop<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Exercise 1: Building<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Get a copy of Photoshop to install on home computer<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Finish Exercise 1<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Check MyDesktop access<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Check if RMIT email is re-directing to personal email address<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Access Blackboard<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Watch introduction videos<o:p></o:p>



1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3<o:p></o:p>

Exercise 1<o:p></o:p>

Week 8<o:p></o:p>


&middot;   Recap of previous tools<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Exercise 2: Pen tool<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Finish exercise 2<o:p></o:p>



1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3<o:p></o:p>

Exercise 2<o:p></o:p>

Week 8<o:p></o:p>


&middot;   Exercise 3: Transform<o:p></o:p>

Brief Task 1<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Begin Mind Map<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Repeat Exercise 3 with a different pattern<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Read"Creating a mind map"<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Createand refine mind map to be scanned next class<o:p></o:p>





1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3<o:p></o:p>

Task 1- Mind Map<o:p></o:p>

Exercise 3<o:p></o:p>

Week 8<o:p></o:p>


&middot;   Exercise 4: Scanning, Text and Layout<o:p></o:p>

Revisit Brief Task 1<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Begin Mood Board<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Finish Exercise 4<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Read"Downloading images-Dpi"<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Start collecting images for mood board<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Continue work onMood board- to be approved next class.<o:p></o:p>





1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3<o:p></o:p>

Task 1- Mood Board<o:p></o:p>

Exercise 4<o:p></o:p>

Week 8<o:p></o:p>


&middot;   Exercise 5: Masking & layer fx<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Exercise 6: 3D Perspective<o:p></o:p>

Brief Task 2<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Start Task 2<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   FinishExercise 5<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Finish Exercise 6<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   If mood board isfinished and approvedthen startTask 2 Perspective<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Read"Downloading Images- Perspective"<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Continue work on Task 2<o:p></o:p>





1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3<o:p></o:p>

Task 2- Perspective<o:p></o:p>

Exercise 5<o:p></o:p>

Exercise 6<o:p></o:p>

Week 8<o:p></o:p>


&middot;   Exercise 7: Masking shadows<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Exercise 8: Drop shadows<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Continue work on Task 2<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Finish Exercise 7<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Finish Exercise 8<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Continue work on Task 2<o:p></o:p>





1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3<o:p></o:p>

Exercise 7<o:p></o:p>

Exercise 8<o:p></o:p>

Week 8<o:p></o:p>


&middot;   Continue working on Task 2<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Clean up exercise 1-8<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Finish Task 2 to hand in at beginning of next class<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   FinishTask 1 to hand in at beginning of next class<o:p></o:p>

&middot;   Cleanupexercises 1-8 to hand in at beginning of next class<o:p></o:p>





1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3<o:p></o:p>

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Hand in Exercise 1-8<o:p></o:p>

Task 1<o:p></o:p>

Task 2<o:p></o:p>

(Digital files)<o:p></o:p>

Exercise 1-8 Due<o:p></o:p>

Task 1 Due<o:p></o:p>

Task 2 Due<o:p></o:p>





1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3<o:p></o:p>

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Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Home computer - It is advisable that you have a computer at home on which to do your self-directed work. It is highly recommended that your computer can run the Windows operating system (BootCamp or Parallels on Mac OS allows you to do this).

- Photoshop & InDesign is not supplied to students for home use, but they can access the software via RMIT’S MyDesktop. It is encouraged that students either purchase a copy or organise easy access to the software for the duration of their course. Student versions cost around $200 per annum.

Online software tutorials - RMIT student have free access to – a very comprehensive and well respected library of online video tutorials. Every student should become familiar with this resource as it is essential for design professionals. Access via the RMIT Library link.

After-hours access to RMIT computers - Building 94, level 5, room 33 will be available when there are no classes running. Most nights either after 6pm or 9pm, until classes start the following morning.

Overview of Assessment

This course will be project based. 

Assessment Tasks


Exercise 1-8 Due Week 8
Weekly exercises will be uploaded onto blackboard. Exercises must be completed in class and for homework as self-directed learning. Exercises will be checked weekly.
Files are to be correctly labelled and submitted into the secure folder location. <o:p></o:p>


Task 1: Concept Mind Map & Mood Board - Due week 4 and 8
Create a Concept Mind Map (see brief for details)
Mind Map is to be hand written, scanned and cleaned up using Photoshop. Size must be reduced to less than 500kb
Create a Mood Board. (See brief for details)
Using the theme developed in the mind map, create a mood board to visually communicate elements of an interior design.
Files are to be correctly labelled and submitted into the secure folder location. <o:p></o:p>


Task 3: My Space Due week 8
Create an interior perspective
(see brief for details)
Use the skills developed from exercises 1-8 and the theme developed from Task 1 to inform the design. <o:p></o:p>


You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.<o:p></o:p>


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

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit
of Competency is 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 be successful in this course.
Feedback - 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:
Pick the following link to access the Student feedback webpage
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage
(;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1 )

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
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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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
(;ID=g43abm17hc9w )
Further links - Application for extension of time
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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity
(;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n )

Course Overview: Access Course Overview