Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2022

Course Code: VART6406C

Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: 

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 

School: 515T Creative Industries

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4382 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact: Ruth Wellington

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9988

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jansen Lye

Robin Blood

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:

3.1 Organise materials, tools and equipment for selected techniques

3.2 Produce preliminary drawings and discuss their effectiveness with relevant people   

3.3 Confirm intellectual property and other relevant legislative requirements are met

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

3.5 Prepare drawings for the presentation context

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.
In-session 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.

While all course content will be delivered, the order and mode of delivery may change depending on the availability of specialist facilities and equipment.  Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher. 

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

Week #

Topics & Activities Submission

Course Orientation 


Overview of Assessment Task 1 - "Drawing Folio + Questions/Submission Sheet" and Assessment Task 2 - "Drawing Project + Questions"
Preparing for drawing. Media, paper and equipment.

Health and Saftey introduction.

Introduction – seeing and drawing

Line and shape – (observational)


Drawing Session: Composition #1 - Charcoal 

Shading exercise 


Drawing Session: Composition #2 - Hatching

Hatching exercise


Drawing Session: Texture and pattern

Where are you up to? #1


Drawing session: Perspective and Structure #1


Drawing session: Perspective and Structure #2


Drawing session: Perspective and Structure #3


Drawing session: Perspective and Structure #4


Drawing session: Communicate Ideas

Where are you up to? #2


Drawing session: Stylised sketching


*Easter Break*

Friday, 15th April - Monday, 25th April


Discussion on your final drawing session

Assessment Task 2: Storyboard briefing



IP and Copyright

Design Thinking activity

Assessment Task 1: Due


Thumbnail sketches and media trials

Drawing consultation, tutoring, teacher feedback and production


Continue on you media trial

Discussion on the submission template (Part A and Part B)


Continue finalising your storyboard


Continue finalising your storyboard


Continue finalising your storyboard  Assessment Task 2 Due


Continue finalising your storyboard for those who cannot submit it by the due date


No Class Assessment week.

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 LinkedIn Learning (formerly 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 12

Task 1-8 - In session work (this work will be undertaken in session time) Progress review submissions on week 4 and 9

Assessment Task 2: Drawing project  - Due week 17

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.

Your course result will be indicated as:
CA:  Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


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

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


Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (e.g. applying for an 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.

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 about your studies:

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.



Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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