Course Title: Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: GRAP6355C

Course Title: Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms

School: 320T Architecture & Urban Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5381 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising

Course Contact: Sam Falanga

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254670

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Ben Mastwyk


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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None required.

Course Description

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to explore and creatively apply the design process to the development of two-dimensional (2D) forms.  

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES302 Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms


1 Source information on 2D design

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access relevant sources of information on 2D design

1.2 Evaluate and collate information to build knowledge of 2D design


2 Explore the creative design process for 2D forms

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use creative thinking techniques to generate a range of ideas and options 

2.2 Use experimentation to explore and challenge a range of different ideas 

2.3 Challenge assumptions, reflect on ideas and refine approaches

2.4 Consciously change perspective, and evaluate ideas and situations in new ways


3 Communicate concepts or ideas through application of design processes to 2D forms

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access relevant sources of information on 2D design 

1.2 Evaluate and collate information to build knowledge of 2D design

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.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio 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


Teaching Schedule


Focus & Activities


Welcome & introduction to course content. 

Illustrator Bootcamp 


Vinyl Refresher. 

Create vector art for vinyl cutting


Exercise 1: Display Concepts with Adobe Photoshop

Create pixel based montages to mockup realistic design concepts




Exercise 2: 3D Store Design Mockup with SketchUp

Create realistic mockups of design concepts in 3D to output a range of 2D views




Exercise 3: Edit Digital Images With Photoshop

Tonal and colour adjustment. Retouching. Understanding resolution


Intro to Major Assignment: Industry Portfolio, Print & Online

View and Discuss folio example

Works to include in folio


Major Assignment 2: Industry Portfolio Online, Print & Online

Introduction to brief. View folio samples. Research discussion


Exercise 4: Folio Mockup

Produce draft layout including page titles, descriptions and images. 


Designing with Adobe Photoshop


Folio continued - Build online site with Wix editor


Folio continued


Folio - Final checks and print output


Folio Reviews


Folio Reviews


Major Assignment 2: Industry Portfolio Online, Print & Online due 15 Nov


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course.

You are advised to look at the Canvas Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

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.

Further resources for the course will be published to

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 Visual Merchandising 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 will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills.
Assessment tasks include projects and digital assignments.




The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to submit each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

MAJOR ASSIGNMENT 1: Industry Portfolio - PRINT - Due Week 16

MAJOR ASSIGNMENT 2: Industry Portfolio - ONLINE - Due Week 16

You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.
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 checklist 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 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

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 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 to gain the competency.

Feedback - 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

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 competency assessment. 
Submissions that are assessed as Not Satisfactory can be re-submitted once and this is only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.

Cover Sheet for Submissions 
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Submission cover sheet

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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