Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce prints

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5308 Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce prints

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340T Art


Term1 2013,
Term2 2013,
Term1 2014,
Term1 2015,
VE 2016,
Term1 2016

Course Contact: Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this course you will explore the diverse application of printmaking to communicate ideas. This will include developing printmaking skills and confidence to proactively experiment with various printmaking techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRI401A Experiment with techniques to produce prints


1. Develop proficiency with a range of printmaking techniques and media

1.1 Evaluate the potential for new approaches to printmaking based on capabilities of techniques already used
1.2 Adapt or introduce new tools, equipment and materials to achieve different effects
1.3 Extend the capabilities of printmaking techniques through experimentation
1.4 Take account of the safety and sustainability considerations for different techniques and media, including permanence and archival issues

1. Develop proficiency with a range of printmaking techniques and media

2. Develop ideas for printmaking

2.1 Articulate creative and other goals for printmaking work
2.2 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property requirements
2.3 Apply knowledge of different printmaking techniques to inform ideas
2.4 Allow techniques and ideas to work together to inform each other
2.5 Consider the professional potential and other criteria for work when developing ideas
2.6 Refine and confirm ideas based on experimentation, research and collaboration with others

2. Develop ideas for printmaking

3. Organise printmaking resources

3.1 Assess specific resource requirements for the chosen work
3.2 Research and access potential sources of supply for printmaking resources
3.3 Determine output standards for the finished prints and respond accordingly
3.4 Evaluate cost and other constraints that impact on the development of work
3.5 Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations for finished prints
3.6 Set up or coordinate resource requirements according to safety and other workplace requirements

3. Organise printmaking resources

4. Create finished prints

4. Create finished prints
4.1 Create prints, using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation
4.2 Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with the production of work
4.3 Use safe and sustainable work practices throughout the production of prints
4.4 Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that inform it

Learning Outcomes

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

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • Participation in class based activities culminating in the practical demonstration to select and apply techniques and skills to complete of a body of work that demonstrates concept development
  • Understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection, research and feedback
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence

Assessment will be via folio submission at the end of the semester.