Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2023

Course Code: VART6531C

Course Title: Produce drawings to communicate ideas

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

Margaret Kranjc



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

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.

Week Date(beginning of Monday) TopicAssessment / Learning activities
Week 1 6/2/2023

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

Drawing Type 1: Line and shape – (observational)

Week 2 13/2/2023

Drawing Type 1: Line and shape – (observational)

Week 3 20/2/2023

Drawing Type 3: Composition Charcoal 

Shading exercise 

Week 4 27/2/2023

Drawing Type 3: Composition Charcoal (continued)

Week 5 6/3/2023

Drawing Type 2: Hatching & Contour

Hatching exercise

Week 6 13/3/2023

Date -13/3/2023 - is a public holiday

Drawing Type 4: Texture and pattern

Week 7 20/3/2023

Drawing Type 5: Perspective Structure

Week 8 27/3/2023 Drawing Type 6: Perspective Spatial  
Week 9 3/4/2023 Studio week
Note:  Friday Groups - no class due to Good Friday.
    Midsemester break - No Class between (7/4/2023 - 14/4/2023)  
Week 10 17/4/2023 Drawing Type 7: Thumbnail and concept sketching  
Week 11 24/4/2023

Date -25/4/2023 - is a public holiday

Drawing Type 8: Stylised sketching

Assessment Task 2: Storyboard Intro briefing

Assessment Task 1 due
Week 12 1/5/2023

Assessment Task 2: Storyboard briefing

Week 13 8/5/2023

Thumbnail sketches and media trials

Drawing consultation, tutoring, teacher feedback and production

Week 14 15/5/2023

Continue on you media trial

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

Week 15 22/5/2023 Continue finalising your storyboard  
Week 16 29/5/2023 Continue finalising your storyboard  
Week 17 5/6/2023

No Class, consultation only

Assessment Task 2 due
Week 18 12/6/2023

Date -12/6/2023 - is a public holiday

No Class, consultation only


Student support

Your first point of contact for any support needs with your assessments should be your teacher and assessor. If you require further support, you should consider contacting the following support services at RMIT. 

Assessment adjustments

Students requiring support or adjustments for their formal assessments task or exams should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS), for more information on the types of adjustments provided, access RMIT adjustments to assessment.

Special consideration

If unexpected circumstances affect your ability to complete an assessment you can apply for special consideration.  For more information access RMIT special consideration.


As an RMIT student you are entitled to seek a review of decisions that impact on your studies. For more information access RMIT appeals.


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.
Due Week 11 
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 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 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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