Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2022

Course Code: VART6531C

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: 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

Jansen Lye

Lorette Broekstra


Nominal Hours: 90

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 produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAACD311 Produce drawings to communicate ideas


1. Plan drawing work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify drawing requirements from reference material and confirm with applicable personnel

1.2 Identify factors that may impact on how drawing work is undertaken

1.3 Gather information about drawing techniques, materials and equipment from different sources

1.4 Evaluate information for application to communicating ideas and specific drawings


2. Experiment to represent ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Explore different drawing techniques with identified materials and equipment

2.2 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 compare with drawing requirements in consultation with required personnel

3.3 Confirm intellectual property and other applicable legislative requirements are met

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

3.5 Prepare drawings for presentation context

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

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

Week Date(beginning of Monday) TopicAssessment / Learning activities
Week 1 4/7/2022

Introduction to the course

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 Safety introduction.

Introduction – seeing and drawing

Line and shape – (observational)

Week 2 11/7/2022

Drawing Session: Composition #1 - Charcoal 

Shading exercise 

Week 3 18/7/2022

Drawing Session: Composition #2 - Hatching

Hatching exercise

Week 4 25/7/2022

Drawing Session: Texture and pattern

Week 5 1/8/2022 Drawing session: Perspective and Structure #1  
Week 6 8/8/2022 Drawing session: Perspective and Structure #2 Review submission for Assessment Task 1 (non-assessable)
Week 7 15/8/2022 Drawing session: Perspective and Structure #3  
Week 8 22/8/2022 Drawing session: Perspective and Structure #4  
    Midsemester break - No Class between (29/8/2022 - 2/09/2022)  
Week 9 5/9/2022 Drawing session: Communicate Ideas  
Week 10 12/9/2022 Drawing session: Stylised sketching  
Week 11 19/9/2022

Discussion on your final drawing session

Assessment Task 2: Storyboard briefing

Assessment Task 1 due
Week 12 26/9/2022

IP and Copyright

Design Thinking activity

Week 13 3/10/2022

Thumbnail sketches and media trials

Drawing consultation, tutoring, teacher feedback and production

Week 14 10/10/2022

Continue on you media trial

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

Review submission for Assessment Task 2 (non-assessable)
Week 15 17/10/2022 Continue finalising your storyboard  
Week 16 24/10/2022 Continue finalising your storyboard  
Week 17 31/10/2022

No Class, consultation only

Assessment Task 2 due
Week 18 7/11/2022 No Class, consultation only

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

This course has 2 assessment tasks. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard through the completion of all coursework to achieve competency. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both. The exercises are relevant to aspects of the project briefs and the design industry in general.
Overview of Assessment -
The assessment tasks will be as follows:
AT1 - Drawing Folio
AT2 - Storyboard

Assessment Tasks -  
AT1 - Drawing Folio
In this assessment task you are required to submit a folio that represents seven (7) types of drawing approaches with a minimum of four (4) different applications of media.

AT2 - Storyboard
You are required to follow a 2D development design process (i.e. research, thumbnail sketches, rendering) and create a minimum of 4 frames of a storyboard. It must include research, concept thumbnails, working roughs, experimentation with media and the final drawing in your submission.

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 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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