Course Title: Realise a body of creative work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6220C

Course Title: Realise a body of creative work

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: 99254472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Phillip Allan


Nominal Hours: 80

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 gain the skills and knowledge required to realise a coherent body of creative work. Practitioners integrate conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create work in their chosen creative form.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRP501A Realise a body of creative work


1. Develop ideas for a coherent body of work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Establish and explore a developing range of sources to inform new ideas
1.2 Support professional practice by extending knowledge of historical and contemporary references
1.3 Evaluate developing ideas and options for creative work using critical and creative thinking approaches
1.4 Consider the professional potential of ideas
1.5 Where appropriate, refine personal thinking through consultation with relevant people
1.6 Develop ideas or designs based on research, reflection and suitability for the intended purpose


2. Plan and organise the production of work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm the scope and objectives of the work based on the project concept
2.2 Evaluate and organise financial, physical and other resources based on in-depth knowledge of the creative form
2.3 Set up or gain access to an appropriate work space
2.4 Develop a realistic timeframe for the production of work
2.5 Evaluate and respond to project constraints
2.6 Monitor project workflow against the plan


3. Develop own approach to documenting the body of work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate options for documenting and recording work and the ideas and research that inform it
3.2 Consider information for inclusion and the need to reveal the process of work
3.3 Select and develop own approach and presentation style
3.4 Document production of work from initial ideas to realisation


4. Collaborate with others

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Seek and be open to critical analysis of own work by others
4.2 Participate critically and knowledgably in conversations that explore different ways of doing things
4.3 Explore and experiment with ideas that come from collaboration


5. Create finished work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Use safe work practices to manipulate selected materials, processes and technologies with increasing confidence and skill
5.2 Challenge and test technical and conceptual aspects of the work during production
5.3 Finish work to professional standard


6. Evaluate own artwork

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Review work in progress against personal, professional and artistic objectives
6.2 Identify and respond to opportunities for refinement and re-thinking
6.3 Evaluate efficiency and effectiveness of the work process
6.4 Evaluate finished work in terms of its coherence with the project concept, technical resolution and suitability for the intended purpose

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to produce digital images that represent and communicate ideas linked to your elective practices.

Details of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a studio and lecture theatre. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • class presentations
  • group discussion
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • studio work.

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • practical exercises
  • reading articles and excerpts
  • project work
  • independent research.

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

Teaching Schedule

WeekCourse contentTasksElements
1Overview of the Course
i. Working in the Mac computer lab.
ii. Computer Lab. Exercise: saving a file’
i. Identify computer room set-up and student responsibilities
ii. Opening Photoshop and saving a file
1.1 – 1.6
2i. Introduction to Photoshop
ii. Workshop 1: Produce two computer drawings
i. Opening the program
ii. Using layers and selecting layers, colours, and brush sizes
1.1 – 1.6
2.1 – 2.6
3Workshop 2: Creating a stencil and patterni. Adjust a colour photographic image into a poster size tone dropout, black and white stencil
ii. Create a pattern of the image
As above
4Workshop 3: Pen tool & layer masksUsing layer masks and the ‘Pen’ tool to blend images, cut out precise shapes, and construct an illusionAs above
5i. Workshop 3: Pen tool & layer masks
ii. Workshop 4: Imbedding textures
i. As above
ii. Using Image/Adjust to produce a tone dropout portrait
ii. Use Layer style to imbed textures into objects
As above
6Workshop 5: Using the clone tool to clean an imageUse the ‘clone’ and ‘healing tool’ clear an image of unwanted marksAs above
7 No classes  
8 Workshop 6: Inserting 2D image onto a public space.i. Insert a two dimensional image of your artwork into a public space

ii. Saving one copy suitable to email or place on the internet 

 As above
9 Workshop 7: Inserting two figures into an indoor and an outdoor spacei. Identify major issues with inserting two figures into spaces in order to create a convincing illusion As above 
10 As above As above As above
11 As above As above As above
12i. Workshop 7

ii. Introduce Project 1

 As above As above
13 Project 1: Use Photoshop to produce a digital triptychTo investigate the digital possibilities of producing an
artwork based on your thematic interests (subject matter, issues, themes, or ideas )
1.1 – 1.6
2.1 – 2.6
3.1 – 3.4
4.1 – 4.3
5.1 – 5.3 
14 As above As above As above
15 As above As above As above
16 As above As above6.1 – 6.4 
17/18 Assessment/moderation weeks  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Weinmann, Elaine & Lourekas, Peter ‘Photoshop CS5/6’- Visual Quickstart Guide

Other Resources

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit galleries outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

Please purchase a USB memory stick (8-16Gb) or external hard drive 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.

Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • Practical tasks and a major project
  • Completion of workshops in a digital format.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

  • The submission of seven Workshops and one Project
  • All Workshops are submitted on the Server prior to the June assessment week. All other work is submitted during your allocated assessment day.
  • A satisfactory assessment concludes the Semester 1 submission.
  • Students who present a ‘not satisfactory’ folio will be required to submit the incomplete folio work before or by the November assessment.
  • Graded assessment applies in Semester 2 for year long courses within the Diploma of Visual Arts.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


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.


RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration policy (late submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

Please note

While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

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