Course Title: Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: VART6310C

Course Title: Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6128 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja and Fay Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jennifer mills

Carolyn Eskdale

Nominal Hours: 60

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 course you will develop skills and knowledge required to extend skills with drawing and other forms of visual representation to develop a personal approach or style suited to the individual’s professional practice. This course allows you to combine your specialisation area with drawing as a focal point.

Creative practitioners working independently apply the skills and knowledge in this course. You will draw on high-level cognitive and creative skills to evolve and refine personalised approaches to visual representation to support their professional practice. This course is self-directed.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD601A Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools


1. Evolve technical skills and other visual representation tools

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evolve expertise through ongoing experimentation with different tools and media
1.2 Deepen drawing technique and confidence through practice with tone, layout, perspective, colour and imagery
1.3 Evaluate own drawing expertise against professional needs and aspirations


2. Refine drawing and representational skills as visual-thinking tools

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Extend drawing as a visual research tool in the development of work
2.2 Harmonise research, thinking and analysis through the drawing process
2.3 Analyse drawing as visual thinking in own work


3. Develop personalised style to support professional practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop a personalised style that supports and reflects the unique nature of own work and practice
3.2 Evaluate the ways in which drawing contributes to a successful professional practice
3.3 Discuss and explore drawing processes and challenges with others
3.4 Challenge, adapt and refine own style to meet new and changing contexts for work

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

Your learning activities will take place in a studio. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • practical exercises
  • project work
  • independent research

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

<thead> <th scope="col">Week </th> <th scope="col">Course content </th> <th scope="col">Task / Assessment due dates </th> <th scope="col">Elements  </th> </thead>
 1 Introduction with ‘Powerpoint’ and basic issues.

Undertake a visual diary
Your visual diary should be a living-breathing document of influences and ideas, experimentation notes&hellip;overflowing and updated every day/week.

ppt contemporary drawing practices
ppt visual diary-approaches
project 1 – Space / environment
1.3, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3

Classroom research
project 1 – Space / environment

OHS requirements relating to area of specialisation

 3Investigate drawing tools and medium
Project – Space / environment
Create a series of works that reflect size, themes and materials from your specialisation area 1, 2, 3

Presentation/peer review of project 1-
Space / environment

Individual research - Project 2 - Narrative

Presentation/peer review of project 1 1,2,3
 5Individual research
Project 2 - Narrative
Starting the creative process&hellip; 1 and 2
 6Individual research
Project 2 - Narrative


  1 and 2
 7Presentation/peer review of project 2 – Narrative
Classroom research
project 3 – Colour/Pattern/Movement
Presentation/peer review of project 2 – Narrative , 2 and 3
 8Classroom research
project 3 – Colour/Pattern/Movement



  and 2
 9Classroom research
project 3 – Colour/Pattern/Movement
 1 and 3
10Presentation/peer review of project 3 – Colour/Pattern/Movement
Introduction: Studio -based research project
Presentation/peer review of project 3 – Colour/Pattern/Movement2 and 3
 11Critique Group Tutorial

Independent studio work - Studio-based research project

 12Independent studio work - Studio-based research project 1,2,3
 13Independent studio work - Studio-based research project 1,2,3
14Independent studio work - Studio-based research project 1,2,3
15Independent studio work - Studio-based research project 1,2,3
16Independent studio work - Studio-based research project 1,2,3
17Independent studio work - Studio-based research projectA folio of work that is created during the semester will be presented during week 161,2,3
18Assessment and folio presentationFoilio assessment date  June 16 - 191,2,3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

You will be required to have your materials purchased prior to the commencement of the project. Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment.


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios. You will be expected to make use of the library resources.

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit galleries outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assessment task
Evidence of the ability to produce a series of drawings that:

  • show a command of selected techniques
  • successfully communicate the required ideas.

Folio of 7 drawings and visual diary

Due date
Semester 1 assessment

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. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.
Graded assessment applies for courses within the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts.

Grade CHD
Outline Competent with high distinction
Grading 80 - 100
Criteria Highly developed

Grade CDI
Outline Competent with distinction
Grading 70 - 79
Criteria Well developed

Grade CC
Competent with credit
60 - 69

Grade CAG
Competent achieved - graded
50 - 59

Grade NYC
Not Yet Competent

Grade DNS
Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment tasks with the relevant Unit of competency. These are available through the course contract 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 gain the competency.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy. (unresolved)

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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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