Course Title: Develop and refine illustrative work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2023

Course Code: VART6407C

Course Title: Develop and refine illustrative work

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

Kathy Holowko


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


Course Description

In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge required to work with a brief to create illustrations through a process of testing design approaches and illustration techniques.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative work


1. Interpret briefs for illustrative work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret the specifications of illustration briefs

1.2 Discuss and clarify issues about specifications, parameters and constraints with relevant people as required

1.3 Evaluate client requirements to make decisions about style and content of illustrative work

1.4 Source and evaluate information pertinent to briefs


2. Organise resources

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Calculate, select and organise equipment, tools and materials based on the requirements of the work

2.2 Set up a safe and efficient workspace

2.3 Prepare, maintain, store and dispose of all resources according to each item's needs and according to workplace procedures


3. Test design approaches for illustrative work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Produce preliminary visual representations that take account of intellectual property requirements

3.2 Identify possible illustrative approaches and establish criteria, in line with the brief, for selecting final approach

3.3 Experiment with different illustrative techniques to test a range of approaches that will best communicate ideas required by the brief

3.4 Evaluate testing processes against criteria and select approach that best meets requirements of briefs

3.5 Critique own work for conceptual success and technical execution and seek feedback, as required

3.6 Refine and accurately document the illustrative approach based on testing processes


4. Produce finished illustrative work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Create illustrations using techniques selected from experimentation and testing, considering and applying elements and principles of design

4.2 Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with production of own work

4.3 Seek and consider feedback from key people to refine illustrative work as required

4.4 Present finished work within agreed work parameters

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:

• demonstrations and presentations by teacher
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• review and revision
• peer learning
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out-of-session activities will include:

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

Teaching Schedule

This unit CUAILL401 Develop and refine illustrative techniques is co-delivered with CUAACD411 Integrate colour theory and design processes.




Week 1

Intro to colour / illust subject by class teacher 


Week 2

Intro to Exercise 1 - Colour collage  

Part 1 Testing colours

Testing and mixing colours (bring your paint and brushes)


Week 3

Exercise 1 continued - Colour collage

Part 2 Colour Harmonies

Make swatches and create colour harmonies, get feedback and guidance


Week 4

Exercise 1 continued - Colour collage  

Part 2 Colour Harmonies

Make swatches and create colour harmonies, get feedback and guidance

Create collages and upload submission document to canvas


Week 5

Complete Colour collage / Intro to Assessment Task 1: Colour Postcards  

Part 2 Colour Harmonies

Part 3 Collage

 Exercises in colour collage  due

Week 6

Intro to Assessment Task 1: Colour Postcards 

Take photographs of the neighbourhood


Week 7

Get approval for 3 photographs to begin illustrating, print images

and create line drawings


 Week 8

Create line drawings

Feedback required

Week 9 

Create ink washes

Feedback on first combined illustration 

Feedback required to successfully complete unit

Week 10 

Fill out submission document 


Feedback required to successfully complete unit

Week 11 


Task 1: Postcard assignment due


Assessment Task 1 DUE

Week 12

Intro to Assessment 2: Vector Self Portrait

Get self portrait photo approved

Intro to exercises 1,2,3


Week 13

Intro to Exercise 4


Week 14

Work on exercises / vector self portrait

Exercises 1, 2 and 3 due

Week 15 

Work on vector self portrait

Exercise 4 due

Week 16 

Work on vector self portrait

Feedback required to successfully complete unit
Week 17

Fill in submission document and submit

Task 2 assignment -  Vector self portrait due

Assessment Task 2 DUE


Week 18

Assessment week no class

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

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.

Assessment Task 1 - Illustrated Postcards
Due Week 11

Assessment Task 2 - Vector Self Portrait
Due Week 17

At the completion of the course you will be assessed for competency.
Competency-based assessment is as follows:

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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