Course Title: Work with photomedia in creative practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6439C

Course Title: Work with photomedia in creative practice

School: 320T Architecture & 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

Nominal Hours: 55

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 work with photomedia in creative practice. You will explore and apply a range of techniques, equipment and materials required to use photomedia in graphic work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice


1 Explore the potential of photomedia in own work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research the potential of photomedia in own work using appropriate sources of information 1.2 Consider intellectual property and other legislative requirements relevant to research and development of photomedia ideas 1.3 Examine traditional and contemporary ways photomedia is used 1.4 Identify appropriate digital, traditional or experimental tools and methods for the development of photomedia projects 1.5 Develop ideas for work using investigation, discussion and review


2 Experiment with photomedia

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use the basic technical features and capabilities of chosen tools effectively 2.2 Explore and experiment with particular features of specific tools, including the potential for combining them for particular purposes 2.3 Achieve different effects by extending the capabilities of digital, traditional or experimental photomedia tools 2.4 Refine ideas through a process of experimentation


3 Create and present finished photomedia work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Manipulate tools with increasing skill and confidence to fulfil work objectives 3.2 Critically assess technical and conceptual aspects of the work during the development process 3.3 Complete technical requirements for integration of photomedia with other media 3.4 Finalise images and files using appropriate protocols 3.5 Apply safe work practices for chosen photomedia tools and equipment


4 Evaluate work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Review work in progress from personal, professional and artistic perspectives 4.2 Identify and respond to opportunities for refinement and review 4.3 Evaluate the work process in terms of its efficiency 4.4 Evaluate finished work in terms of its consistency with the project concept, technical resolution and suitability for the intended purpose

Learning Outcomes

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:

  • demonstrations and presentations by teacher
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities will include:

  • independent project based work
  • online tutorials and activities
  • independent research
  • studio practice
  • review and revision

Teaching Schedule

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.

There will be a number of prescribed tasks and projects (see Assessment Tasks below).


Session description



Course introduction

Navigating around the course and infrastructure. Accessing and locating resources. 



Basic image editing.

Photoshop intro: navigating and selecting. Project 1 introduction. Automatic versus manual adjustments. How to reference images. Project 1: Potential of Photomedia. What is image compositing.



Project 1: Potential of Photomedia.

Excursion to city campus and Carlton campus libraries. Finalise project 1 for submission.



Image basics and output basics

Submit Project 1. Print Project 1 and compare print and screen gamuts. Saving selections, using quickmasks, and masking layers.

Project 1 due


Masks practice

Project 2: Masks and Composites begins this week. Basic masking techniques in Adobe Photoshop. Retouching methods and apply skills to restore a photograph.




Mask three images of varied complexity. Use the rubric to determine which one best demonstrates your masking skills.

Project 2: Mask due


Complex masks, blending modes

In this session, we will look at more complex masks and different methods for complex selections and masking.




A bit of revision, we will look at Smart Objects, and a practice with compositing.

Project 2: Complex mask due



Create an original composited image in Photoshop. Methods for enhancing your basic composited image.



Compositing (continued)

Project 2: Masks and Composites is due this week. Finalise documentation and presentation.

Project 2 composite due. Project 2 finalised


Project 3 introduction

Ideation techniques. Research. Gather resources, including comparative examples and analyse them. Sketch an idea based on located resources.


Mid-Semester break



Experiment with photomedia.

Experiment with your work, trying different combinations and techniques.



Refine ideas.

Submit a draft at the start of the session. Use this draft to sharpen your idea and increase its visual impact. Conduct a range of experiments with tools and filters and analyse them for effectiveness.

Project 3 progress draft due


Experiment with photomedia. Evaluate work.

Focus on technical areas. Refine and prepare for submission.



Evaluate work. Submit Project 3.

Present finished photomedia work. Project 3 due this week.

Project 3 due


Assessment week.

Appointments with individual students. Lab will be open for use.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Dewis, G 2014. The Photoshop Workbook: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks, and Techniques, ebook, Peachpit Press.

Faulkner, A and Chavez, C 2016. Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2017 release), ebook, Adobe Press .

Leonard, N and Ambrose, G 2012. Basics Graphic Design 02 : Design Research : Investigation for Successful Creative Solutions. AVA Publishing.

McClelland, D 2015. Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One: Fundamentals, videos, viewed 11 February 2016.

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 tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects working to a deadline and written reports. The assessment tasks include:
Design Projects
An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

This course has 3 projects. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Project 1: Potential of Photomedia

Find three examples of creative photomedia from three categories of images, and explain what makes them excellent. Compile your findings and use RMIT Harvard referencing.

The aims are

  • Research traditional and contemporary photomedia options for application to own work
  • apply safe work practices for the technologies being used.

Due week 4

Project 2: Masks and Composites

Submit a folio of three exercises to demonstrate capabilities in masking and compositing in Adobe Photoshop. The aims are

  • produce a coherent body of photomedia work using well-developed conceptual and technical skills
  • research traditional and contemporary photomedia options for application to own work
  • apply safe work practices for the technologies being used.

Due week 10

Project 3: Creative Image

Demonstrate skills by making an image with the theme ‘creative photomedia’. Communicate the history, process or tools of creative photomedia. Use images from Document the process. This is the summative task for the course, and the quality will determine the grade. The aims are

  • produce a coherent photomedia work using well-developed conceptual and technical skills
  • research traditional and contemporary photomedia options for application to own work
  • apply safe work practices for the technologies being used.

Due week 15


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 are:
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

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is 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 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 regarding the e­Submission process

Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions
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

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. Further links ­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. Academic Integrity

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