Course Title: Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2023

Course Code: GRAP5417C

Course Title: Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

School: 515T Creative Industries

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4414 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4683

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Phil Soliman


Nominal Hours: 60

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


Course Description

In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge required to explore and creatively apply the design process to the development of two-dimensional (2D) forms.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUADES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms


1. Source information on 2D design

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access applicable sources of information on 2D design

1.2 Evaluate and collate information on features of 2D design


2. Explore the creative design process for 2D forms

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Generate different ideas and options for use of 2D design using creative thinking techniques

2.2 Explore and challenge different ideas using experimentation of different 2D designs

2.3 Challenge assumptions, evaluate ideas and refine approaches

2.4 Consciously change perspective, and evaluate ideas and situations in new ways


3. Communicate ideas through application of design processes to 2D forms

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Investigate and examine how a particular idea might be communicated in 2D

3.2 Select materials, tools and equipment applicable to the realisation of idea

3.3 Apply a creative design process to produce different 2D idea realisations

3.4 Examine own application of design process and success in communicating the idea

3.5 Seek and obtain feedback from others about the 2D form and its success in communicating idea

3.6 Present and store concept realisations and work samples as required

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

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
  • workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback


Out-of-session activities may include:

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

Teaching Schedule

This course will be delivered in the same weekly session as VART6532 - Produce Digital Images - CUADIG315. The following timeline contains activities for both courses.

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.



Readings and Activities

Due dates

Week 1

Computer lab intro

Photoshop Introduction

Photoshop Basics

General Course Overview. 

Intro to the computer lab.

Adobe Photoshop interface.

Adobe Photoshop interface, image navigation, saving work.

Save and Upload a File SUBMISSION

Week 2

Basic Image Editing 

An introduction to adjustments in Photoshop

Adjustment exercise SUBMISSION

Week 3


Complete an exercise on basic selection methods in Photoshop

Selections exercise SUBMISSION


Week 4

Montage exercise

Learn about layers, masks and blending modes

Homework: Collect 10 objects and paint them white

Statue Montage

Week 5


AT2: Photograph Objects

Take photographs and edit in Photoshop



Week 6

Montage exercise (continued) 

Learn about layers, masks and blending modes


Week 7

Montage exercise (continued)

Learn about layers, masks and blending modes


Week 8


Art Catalogue Completion

Feedback with tutor

AT2: Art Catalogue Cover due

Week 9

Review week

Review coursework completed.

AT1: Knowledge-based task due. Part A and B

Week 10

Design process

Exploring the design problem


Week 11

 AT3 - 2D Print design

AT3 - Shoot images to use in the stencilling project


Week 12

Rename and Contact Sheet

Using Adobe Bridge, students batch rename images and produce a contact sheet. Chosen image then manipulated in Photoshop.


Week 13

Research and Transfer

Research 2D design, adjust and transfer your image from screen to substrate.


Week 14


Cutting & Printing

Image transferred to paper/card stencil or plate, begin starting the process. Keep in mind OHS guidelines! Once stencil/plate is cut, printing can begin.


Week 15

Cutting & Printing

Further studio time


Week 16


Bringing prints into "virtual" applications


Week 17

AT3 Submission

Feedback with tutor

Finalise Print project & documentation for submission

AT3: Print Project due 

Week 18

Coursework Review

AT1: Part C & Part D in class

Coursework Review and resubmissions

AT1: Knowledge-based task due, Part C and D

Week 19

Assessment Assessment Week  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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 for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral/written presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS.  

Assessment Tasks

Skills-based exercises provide the basis of the foundational learning for the 3 x assessment tasks, that you will complete for these courses.
The combined courses (VART6532) have 3 Assessment Tasks, each of which must be completed/submitted.
You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Skills-based exercises

  • Selection
  • Montage

Assessment Task 1: Knowledge Q&A task
Series of tests and quizzes that assess knowledge, skills and learning over the duration of the course/s. There are 4 parts

Due Week 9 and 18

Assessment Task 2: Art catalogue cover
Experiments in capturing and manipulating images and combining them with text. Substrate and format will be chosen to further convey a concept. Project will be documented. An online reflection will be completed.

Due Week 8

Assessment Task 3: Print Project
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 17


Due dates for assessment tasks dependent on access to specialist facilities and equipment may change. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.

At the completion of the course, you will be deemed competent or not yet competent using the following grade table:

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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