Course Title: Produce innovative digital images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6409C

Course Title: Produce innovative digital images

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4382 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9446

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ned Jobson

Nominal Hours: 50

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 consolidate a range of digital imaging skills and apply these in experimental and innovative projects. Projects and techniques addressed will assist you in developing an individual style or voice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUADIG405 Produce innovative digital images


1 Experiment with digital imaging techniques and media

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate the potential for new approaches to digital imaging based on capabilities of known techniques

1.2 Adapt or introduce new tools, equipment and materials to achieve different effects

1.3 Experiment and extend the capabilities of digital imaging techniques

1.4 Use tools, equipment, materials and techniques safely and sustainably


2 Develop ideas for digital imaging

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Discuss creative and other goals for digital image works

2.2 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches of other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property rights

2.3 Consider the potential of different digital imaging techniques when developing initial concepts

2.4 Refine and confirm concept based on experimentation, research and collaboration with others


3 Organise digital imaging resources

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess specific resource requirements for development and presentation of works

3.2 Research and access potential sources of supply for digital imaging resources

3.3 Evaluate cost and other constraints that impact on the development and presentation of works

3.4 Set up or coordinate resources according to safety and other workplace requirements


4 Realise finished digital images

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use safe and sustainable practices throughout the production of work

4.2 Create digital images using techniques and media selected through research and experimentation

4.3 Review and refine ideas and approaches to complete the works

4.4 Finalise images in a format suitable for presentation and archive files according to industry standards

4.5 Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that informed it


5. Evaluate digital imaging work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Reflect on own work in terms of conceptual development and technical execution to identify areas for improvement

5.2 Discuss completed work and use feedback to improve future works

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
  • workshopping 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 GRAP5391 - Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms - BSBDES302. The following timeline contains activities for both courses.




Learning elements



Learning elements



Due this week



Mobile/point-and-click photography





Project 1: Image composite

Introduction to Photoshop. Recording and storing work. Photoshop navigation and selections.
Submit link to video through Blackboard if finished.
Intro to Photoshop.





Photoshop navigation and selections

Basic image selections and masks





Basic image adjustment and layers

Image retouching and enhancement.





Project 1: Image composite

Images and resolution

Image resizing and placement in other software and the web.

1.1-4, 2.1-6, 3.




Project 1: image composite

Consolidation of image retouching and enhancement.





Project 1: image composite

Collate and document project. Ready for submission and presentation.

 4.1-4, 5.1-3




Reflection on Project 1



Project 1 due.


Project 2: Poster

Students will use this class to photograph the objects, upload and sort their photos.





Project 2: Poster

Experiment with compositions and variations.

1.1-4, 2.1-6




Project 1: Poster

Finalise poster and compile experiments. Combine with typography. Experiment with print on variety of substrates or formats. Self-assess work.

4.1-4, 5.1-3




Project 2: Poster

Finalise and compile experiments into documentation.





Project 2 due. Assessment task will be compiled and checked before submitting.

1.1-4, 2.1-6


Project 2 due


Excursion to Melbourne Museum





Project 3: Lino print

Students will digitally enhance their photographs from the excursion. They will then print and trace, then transfer to lino. They will propose a concept for a digital enhancement to their print


1.1-2, 2.1-4



Project 3: Lino print carving.

In this class, students will carve their lino. They will photograph their process work for the documentation of project 3.





Project 3: Lino print carving.

In this class, students will carve their lino. They will photograph their process work for the documentation of project 3.





Project 3: Lino print

The lino cuts will be printed in this class. Evaluation of prints and seek feedback from others.

4.1-4, 5.1-3




Project 3: Lino print

The lino cuts will be printed in this class. Students will assess their prints and choose the best candidates for digital enhancement. Advanced students will digitally enhance their lino print and produce a folio-ready piece in this class. Project 3: Finalise documentation of Project 3 and submit. Reflection on Project 3.

4.5, 5.1-3

3.4, 3.6

 Project 3 due

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


You are advised to look at the course myRMIT Studies (Blackboard) for ongoing updated information.

Adobe Creative Team, 2013. Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book. Adobe Press


Ambrose, G, & Harris, P 2012, Basics Design 01 : Format (2nd Edition), AVA Publishing, London, GBR.


Ambrose, G, & Aono-Billson, N 2011, Approach and Language, AVA Publishing, Lausanne, Switzerland.


Clement, L 2012. Techniques & History of Printmaking Art, e-book, accessed 24 June 2015, <>.


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.
The assessment tasks are: Imaging exercises and projects
An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks and you should engage in all formative tasks.
These combined courses (GRAP5391, VART6409) have 3 Summative Tasks, each of which must be completed/submitted. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Project 1: Photoshop composite (20% of GRAP5391)

A montage of digital images. Due week 8.

Project 2: Poster (30% of GRAP5391, 50% of VART6409)

Experiments in capturing and manipulating images and combining them with text. Suubstrate and format will be chosen to further convey a concept. Project will be documented. An online reflection will be completed. Due week 13.

Project 3: Lino Print (50% of GRAP5391, 50% of VART6409)

Print making and the impact of materials on communication. The outcome will be digitally enhanced. Project will be documented. An online reflection will be completed. Due week 19.

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment are:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
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 overall grade for each assessment task.

The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Work submitted late will be assessed for competency only. Submissions are 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

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