Course Title: Process photoimages to work print/file stage

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5944C

Course Title: Process photoimages to work print/file stage

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4224 - Certificate IV in Photoimaging

Course Contact : Josiane Mueller

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4585

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Ms Naomi Herzog
Phone: 9925 4170

Nominal Hours: 120

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 pre-requisites or co-requisites for this unit

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to use techniques for image processing. In the course you familiarize yourself with specialised equipment and techniques used for making photo work-print images.

Current photoimaging industry practice relies increasingly on digital imaging processes and this is reflected in your training and assessment

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI07B Process photoimages to work print/file stage


1. Prepare work environment for analogue or digital

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Select work environment which meets requirements for
specific processing tasks.
1.2 Care for work environment so that it remains clean and safe
during the production of work.
1.3 Correctly set up relevant equipment and
materials/software for processing work.
1.4 Adhere to codes of practice and safety requirements for the


2. Process images by analogue or digital means.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Download digital files or process film according to manufacturers or supplied specifications.
2.2 Organise negatives or files into appropriate folders .
2.3 Accurately document the work progress in accordance with workplace procedures.


3. Test techniques to produce proof sheet(s).

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select appropriate files or negatives.
3.2 Apply the techniques required to produce analogue or
digital proof sheets


4. Test techniques to make work-print(s) and screen

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Select images from the proof sheet(s) that match the concept /required outcome.
4.2 Utilise enhancement and printing techniques to output work-print(s) or display and save on screen.


5. Restore work environment and equipment

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Safely dismantle work area after use.
5.2 Minimise and clean up waste in accordance with safety requirements.
5.3 Clean and maintain equipment in accordance with
manufacturer's instructions.
5.4 Store equipment in accordance with workplace
procedures and ensure readiness for future use.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to produce multiple proof sheets, digital files and work prints which demonstrate the application of selected techniques consistent with concept/brief.

Details of Learning Activities

This course will be taught as a series of weekly face to face classes.
In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• workshopping of students’ own projects

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
• research
• work shopping
• independent project based work

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.

Week BeginningClass ContentElements
Week 1
Assignment Briefing / Overview of learning resources, workspaces & RMIT Mac OSX setup
Colour Management – Introduction to colour management
Submission weeks 1, 2, 5
Week 2
NGV Visit – Stormy Weather 4
Week 3
Colour Management – Workflow
Resolution, Colour spaces, 16 bit, histogram & smart objects
Project work – target print
 1, 2, 4
Week 4
Digital processing – image adjustments
Project work – target print
 1, 2, 4
Week 5
Digital tools – curves, levels, & adjustments
Project work – target print
Target Draft1, 2, 4
Week 6
Digital tools – Papers, Printer workflow & Printer profiles
Project work – printing target print
Week 7
Digital tools – curves, levels, & channel adjustments
Project work – printing target prints
Target Prints DUE HI KEY / LOW KEY BRIEFING1, 2, 4
Week 8
Digital tools – Bridge for review, output & proof sheets
Project work – research
 1, 2, 3,
8/4/2010MID SEM BREAK  
 Week 9
 Project work – Review Digital Drafts – Hi Key Hi Key proof sheets & digital draft 3
 Week 10
 igital tools – selection techniques
Project work – image preparation
 Target prints class Review 2, 4, 5
 Week 11
 Digital tools – selection techniques
Project work – image preparation
  2, 4, 5
 Week 12
 Digital tools – sharpening techniques
Project work – printing Low Key proof sheets & digital draft
 2, 3, 4 5 
 Week 13
 Digital tools – sharpening techniques
Project work – printing
  2, 4, 5
 Week 14
 Inkjet Print Output
Project work – printing
  2, 4, 5
 Week 15
 Print Output
Project work – printing
  2, 4, 5
 Week 16
 Submission and presentations Submission
2 Folio Prints
 Week 17
 Assessment Week - Non Attendance week  
 Week 1
 Digital processing – B&W Conversion methods Photoshop  1, 2, 4, 5
 Week 2
 Digital processing – B&W Conversion methods Raw processor  1, 2, 4, 5
 Week 3
 Digital processing – extending tones Draft Portrait proof sheet presentations 2, 3, 4
 Week 4
 Digital processing – splitting tones  2, 4
 Week 5
 Photogravure workshop - Baldessin Press   1, 2, 4, 5
 Week 6
 Alternative process – digital to analogue - Applying textures and grain Digital portrait class present’ns 2, 4
 Week 7
 Alternative process – Cyanotypes, Van dykes etc Digital portrait class present’ns 2, 4
 Week 8
 Alternative process – digital version polaroid transfers & borders
Project work – processing & printing
  1, 2, 4, 5
 Week 9
 Alternative process – hybrid process – create digital 8x10 negs
Project work – processing & printing
  1, 2, 4, 5
 Week 10
 Alternative process – hybrid process – make 8x10 contact print
Project work – printing
  1, 2, 4, 5
 Week 11
 Alternative process – hybrid process– create a contact print 2
Project work – printing
 Draft split tone proof sheet presentations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
 Week 12
 Alternative process – hybrid process – inkjet cyanotype print Project work – printing  1, 2, 4, 5
 26/9/2011 MID SEM BREAK  
 3/10/2011 MID SEM BREAK  
 Week 13
 Project work – printing Digital split tone submission 1, 2, 4, 5
 Week 14
 Project work – printing  1, 2, 4, 5
 Week 15
 Project work – printing  1, 2, 4, 5
 Week 16
 Class presentations Folio four prints, proof sheets & digital files 4 4
 Week 17
 Assessment Week - Non Attendance week  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Galer M., Andrews P., 2010, Photoshop CS5 – Essential Skills, Focal Press


You will be supplied with a range of references during the semester-
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

Personal data storage device (min 2), personal computer with Bridge and Photoshop CS4, access to camera and lighting equipment as required.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class tutorial exercises and class discussions and through research of various applications of innovative imaging techniques. You will also be required to demonstrate your skills and knowledge through the production of proof sheets, work prints and digital files.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial summative assessment tasks. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment and a grade for the summative assessments.

Semester 1 Assessment items include:

1. Monitor calibration
2. Target prints and folder
3. Folio Proof sheets
4. Folio Draft presentation

1. Folio – 2 final pigmented inkjet prints

Semester 2 Assessment items include:

1. B&W raw conversion (x 3)
2. 8x10 contact sheet
3. 8x10 contact print
4. Folio Proof sheets
5. Folio Draft presentation

Folio comprising of 2 composited images
1. Folio – 4 final prints

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

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

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

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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