Course Title: Realise a body of creative work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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 Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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. Develop ideas for a coherent body of work

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. Plan and organise the production of work

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. Develop own approach to documenting the body of work

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. Collaborate with others

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. Create finished work

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. Evaluate own artwork

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


WeekClass contentTaskElements
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
2 i. Introduction to Photoshop
ii. Workshop 1: Produce two computer drawings
i. Opening Photoshop
ii. Using layers and selecting layers, colours, and brush sizes 
1.1 – 1.6
2.1 – 2.6
3 Workshop 2: Creating a stencil and pattern i. Adjust a colour photographic image into a poster size tone dropout, black and white stencil
ii. Create a pattern of the image
 As above
4 Workshop 3: Pen tool & layer masks Using layer masks and the ‘Pen’ tool to blend images, cut out precise shapes, and construct an illusion As above
5 i. 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
6 Workshop 5: Using the clone tool to clean an image Use the ‘clone’ and ‘healing tool’ clear an image of unwanted marks As above
7 Thursday planning day / Good Friday  
8 Workshop 6: Inserting your artwork into two public spaces. Save a full size and an email/internet size copy

Submit Workshops 1 -5 for Tutorial Week

 i. Insert an image of your artwork into two public spaces and create a convincing illusion
ii. Save a full size and an email/internet size copy
 As above
9 As above
Submit Workshops 1 -5 for Tutorial Week
 As above As above
10 Workshop 7: Inserting two figures into an indoor space Insert two figures into an indoor space and create a convincing illusion As above
11 As above As above As above
12 Workshop 8: Three dimensional images Explore three dimensional imagery in Photoshop As above
13 i. Workshop 8
ii. Introduce Project 1
As above  As above
14 Project 1: Construct a Photoshop ‘illusion’ combining two or more photographic images. Investigate the potential of Photoshop to convey a visual illusion1.1 – 1.6
2.1 – 2.6
3.1 – 3.4
4.1 – 4.3
5.1 – 5.3
15 As above As above As above
16 i. Project 1
ii. Completion and submission of all Workshops.

For the year long course a ’satisfactory’ / ’not satisfactory’ result is given for the Semester 1 assessment in June

Completion and submission of all Workshops   As above

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Faulker, Andrew & Gyncild, Brie, ‘Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release), Adobe Press. Berkeley, 2015

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

There is no final assessment at the end of Semester 1.

Semester 1 : Submit all completed Workshops 1 - 8

Ongoing assessment is conducted with the periodic publishing of competent or not competent tasks for all Workshops and Projects.

Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory result given at the end of Semester 1
Note: A ‘progress’ result is not a final mark for the year long ‘Realise a body of creative work’.

A graded mark is given at the end of Semester 2

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program Administration.

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