Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: VART6436C

Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

School: 320T Architecture & Urban Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5359 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 9925 9446

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ann Langusch

Claudia Bergsdorf


Nominal Hours: 70

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

None required.

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to use drawing and other visual representation tools to develop, refine and communicate ideas for creative work. You will apply drawing skills as a cognitive tool in your professional practice. You will achieve this via a combination of manual and digital drawing practices and processes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools


1 Evaluate the role of drawing in professional practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Investigate drawing and other visual communication devices, ideas and problem-solving tools for professional practice 1.2 Evaluate how different practitioners use different tools and make links to own work 1.3 Examine and challenge own barriers to drawing 1.4 Determine the ways in which drawing and other visual representation tools could be used to support own practice


2 Support practice through experimentation with drawing and visual representation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Establish and follow safe work practices for selected techniques 2.2 Generate and develop ideas through the use of different materials and techniques 2.3 Consider the presentation situation when selecting techniques, tools and materials 2.4 Create variety in compositions and spatial fields using visual elements 2.5 Experiment with techniques and mixed media to produce single and multi-colour visuals 2.6 Compare and contrast the value of electronic and hand drawing for specific purposes


3 Develop individual approach to use of drawing

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate the success of completed drawings in communicating ideas 3.2 Evaluate the process of drawing and visual representation as a professional practice tool 3.3 Determine the value and place of drawing and visual representation in own practice based on experimentation

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include:
• teacher directed activities/projects
• peer review and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects

Out of class activities will include:
• independent project work
• independent web research

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Teaching Schedule

tasks due
1Project 1Set of 10 technical tasks.
1.1 Create wet media marks, scan
1.2 Digitally colour wet media marks using layer masks
2 1.3-1.6 Observational drawings. Draw set of given objects in different ways. Scan. 
3 1.7 Digitally fill drawn shapes with broken colour.
1.8 Colour scanned line drawing using layer masks.
1.9 Use multiply blending mode to superimpose black line drawing.
4 1.10 Make composite illustration 
5Project 2Introduction to Project 2. Melbourne Sketchbook. Research. Discuss strategies and techniques in relevant exemplars. Present concepts and reference material. Produce drawings (manual or digital) from photographic referenceProject 1
6 Melb sketchbook research. Discuss strategies and techniques in relevant exemplars. Present concepts and reference material. Produce drawings (manual or digital) from photographic reference 
7 Produce drawings (manual or digital) from photographic reference.P2 Research 
8  Compose and refine illustration. Respond to feedback. 
9  Compose and refine illustration. Respond to feedback. 
10 Compose and refine illustration. Prepare submission template for Project 2 including required documentation.Project 2
Mid semester break
11Project 3Vintage poster. Research relevant techniques and illustration strategies. Assemble reference photos and plan photo shoots if necessary. Begin filling out submission template for research.  
12 Submit research beginning of class. Class presentation of research into illustration strategies in vintage travel posters. Choose reference image, and compose illustration. Prepare for rendering, making bitmap templates as directed.P3 Research 

Prepare for rendering, making bitmap templates as directed. Render image as vector, using bitmap templates for tonal information. 

14 Render and refine illustration. Refine colour combinations. Respond to feedback. 
15 Render and refine illustration. Prepare submission template for Project 3 including required documentation.Project 3 
16 Resubmit Project 3 for grading following feedback.Project 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Kaupelis, Robert, Experimental drawing
Dexter, Emma, Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing
Betti, Clausia & Sale, Teel, Drawing: A Contemporary Approach
Walton, Roger & Cogliantry, Jen, The big book of illustration ideas 2
Klanten, Robert & Hellige, Hendrik, Illusive - Contemporary Illustration and its context
Peterman S & S E, The Sketchbook Project. World Tour

Other Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course. This course has recommended books listed under ‘References’

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 is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or exercises. The assessment tasks are: design project briefs

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 need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.


1 Folio of technical tasks  - Due Week 5
2 Melbourne Sketchbook - Due Week 10
3 Vintage poster - Due Week 15

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.
Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment.

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
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 are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

The major aspect of your learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity for success.

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 

When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non­digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e­ Submission process. If submitting both hard copies and digital submissions the electronic declaration will cover both. Information regarding the e­Submission process

Special Consideration Policy, 
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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration

Late Submission & Extensions
Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy.
If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor. Extension form link - Application for 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 overall grade for each assessment task. The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Work submitted late will be assessed for competency only. Submissions are 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. Go to Academic Integrity.

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