Course Title: The Playable Image 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Playable Image 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Jennifer Lade

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9674

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 14 Level 11 Room 02

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will develop your technical and creative foundations in videogames and digital art practices. You will focus on digital art principles, their historical precedents, and the specific qualities of these for application to videogame development.

Your will develop knowledge and skills in digital painting and lighting, 2D art principles and contemporary game and art history. This will give you a technical and creative basis for future study and creative endeavour.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe core principles in the communication of character in the context of videogames.
  • Build preparatory sketches and thumbnails for the development of characters, situations and environments to be developed into digital paintings.
  • Adapt multiple images of a creative scene in sequences to communicate motion as applicable to gameplay.
  • Adapt non-digital art principles to develop appropriate outputs relevant to current and future game art practices.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources that are relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning, including the University Library and Study Support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include essays, reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.