Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: VART6406C

Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4382 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9988

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


 John Owe-Young

Nominal Hours: 80

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

None required.

Course Description

In this course you will explore the diverse application of drawing to communicate ideas. You will develop drawing skills and confidence to communicate your design ideas that relate to objects, processes or spaces. Drawings may be for personal use or for presentation in exhibitions, for concept roughs or publications.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAACD301 Produce drawings to communicate ideas


1 Plan drawing work

Performance Criteria:

■■1.1 Identify drawing requirements from reference material and confirm with appropriate people if required

■■1.2 Identify factors, including contractual, legal and ethical factors, that may impact on how drawing work is undertaken

■■1.3 Gather information about drawing techniques, materials and equipment from a range of sources and determine how they may be used to communicate ideas

■■1.4 Evaluate information for its application to specific drawing briefs


2 Experiment to represent ideas

Performance Criteria:

■■2.1 Explore the capabilities of techniques, materials and equipment

■■2.2 Follow safety procedures for particular techniques, materials and equipment

■■2.3 Select approaches that best suit the purpose of drawings and their presentation context


3 Create drawings

Performance Criteria:

■■Organise materials, tools and equipment for selected techniques

■■Produce preliminary drawings and discuss their effectiveness with relevant people

■■Confirm intellectual property and other relevant legislative requirements are met

■■Finalise drawings, incorporating feedback on work in progress as required

■■Prepare drawings for the presentation context

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio and computer laboratory using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study. In-class activities will include:

  • class exercises
  • tutorials
  • practical demonstrations
  • workshops
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • work shopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback


Out of class activities may include:

  • independent research
  • independent project based work
  • studio practice
  • online tutorials and activities
  • review and revision

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.

There will be a number of prescribed tasks and projects (see Assessment Tasks below).

This course will be delivered in the same weekly session as GRAP5387 - Source and apply information on the history and theory of design - BSBDES305. At times the drawing session will follow the History and Theory presentation.

Week Learning Activities Assessment

Introduction to drawing Program, drawing Journal, and Assessment Task 1 and 2.

Discuss ideas about drawing, personal drawing practices and drawing as a communication tool - exercises.



Topic 1 Line and contour-Ink-markers.
Continuous line drawing portrait exercise


Topic 2 Structural drawing- Pencil B or HB pencil


Topic 3 Line as form: Cross Hatching


Topic 4: Line as form: Bracelet shading 

Feedback and review given in class - students to choose one drawing to discuss

Topic 5 William Morris Pattern Drawing 

Feedback and review given in class - students to choose one drawing to discuss


Topic 6 Ink and Wash - shells

Drawing Journal review.


Topic 7 Pattern and Texture - making abstract compositions from still life

Drawing Journal review.


Topic 8 Ink and Wash - plants under light

Drawing Journal review.

10 Review Week:  Catch up any outstanding drawings, journal and or history. Review all work to date, including Drawing Journal.    Review Week:  Catch up any outstanding drawings, journal and or history. Review all work to date, including Drawing Journal.

AT 2 - Journal Jam - drawing in public


Topic 9: Tone: Ink and wash continued

13 AT2 - Journal Jam - tasks and prompts for your journal   

Topic 10: Perspective


Topic 10: Perspective continued


AT 2 - Journal Jam - tasks and prompts for your journal 

Review Week 

 Review Week

AT 2- Journal Jam - tasks and prompts for your journal (cont.)

Submit Folio and Journal or Assessment

Submission of Assessment Task 1 - Folio and Assessment Task 2 - Journal 
18 Folio review and consultation  

Assessment and consultation


Collect submitted work


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course. This course has recommended books listed under ‘References’

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year. You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.

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 to the library resources.

Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning. The University Library has extensive resources for Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

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 exercises.
Assessment tasks are: Drawing exercises and project/s
An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Tasks in this course will be undertaken in a drawing studio and given feedback throughout the semester; it  may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

Class tasks provide the basis for the Folio (body of evidence) and can be considered essential building blocks for the personal journal that reflects the students individual pathway.
Both must be completed/submitted. Students are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Assessment Task 1: Folio - Due week 17

Task 1-8 - In class work (this work will be undertaken in class time)

Assessment Task 2: Journal  - Due week 17
The submitted journal will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.
The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a checklist that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

This course is assessed for competency.

Grades which apply to competency-based assessment are:
CA   Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

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 aspect of your 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 for success.

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

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy

When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-­digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e­ Submission process.Information regarding the e­Submission process

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 competency assessment. 
Submissions that are assessed as Not Satisfactory can be re-submitted once and this is only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity. Academic Integrity

Course Overview: Access Course Overview