Course Title: Produce and manipulate digital images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: VART5756C

Course Title: Produce and manipulate digital images

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4158 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Annette Cook

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 20

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

This course covers the skills and knowledge required produce and manipulate digital images for a multimedia production within the cultural industries.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFIMA01A Produce and manipulate digital images


Assess digital camera qualities

Performance Criteria:

· Assess camera software compatibility with hardware systems and select appropriate software for the production

· Match pixel resolution of the camera to the required quality and resolution of outcome

· Check the RAM capacity of the camera to see that it is appropriate to the number of images required to be captured

· Assess shutter speed, focal lengths and camera feature modes as suitable to the quality of and use of photographic image required

· Handle and store lithium batteries in accordance with occupational health and safety requirements


Incorporate digital photography into a multimedia sequence

Performance Criteria:

· Create graphics that incorporate the principles of design using the designate software

· Edit, enhance, amend and save digital images using the designated software

· Combine digital images into a designated multimedia sequence

· Integrate digital images into a designated multimedia sequence

· Evaluate the outcome for visual impact, effectiveness and fitness for purpose


Photograph and upload digital image

Performance Criteria:

· Consider focus and exposure in operation of the digital camera to ensure capture of image meets production requirements

· Ensure correct use of digital image software including entering and exiting the selected software

· Save and retrieve digital photographs using designated file formats

· Load and operate the digital camera in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and appropriate to the quality of image to be photographed

· Upload the IBM-PC or Macintosh card interface/disk onto the relevant computer and save the image on hard disk

· Create and store photographic image files of the computer in accordance with software procedures

· Enhance, crop and alter photographic images electronically to deliver the required image

· Check photographic images for fitness of purpose to comply with specifications

· Assess photographic images for the relevant delivery mode (print, CD-ROM, visual appeal and effectiveness) and deliver appropriately

Learning Outcomes

1 Assess digital camera qualities
2 Photograph and upload digital image
3 Incorporate digital photography into a multimedia sequence

Details of Learning Activities

This course, conducted in a computer lab, involves tuition in the use of digital cameras, and exercises and projects involving both photography, and Photoshop manipulation of images. Exercises and projects in creating bitmap based images from hand-drawn marks and vector images from bitmap images (photos) will also feature.

Teaching Schedule

Feb 12
 Intro to Mac labs, Course Content, Begin prelim exercises 
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7

Feb 19
Brief 1 Prelim Exercises
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7
Feb 26

Brief 1 Project. Create 6 layouts around prescribed techniques.
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7
Mar 5
Brief 1 Project
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7

Mar 12
(Mon. Public Holiday)
Brief 1 Project
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7

Mar 19
Brief 2 Prelim Exercise (Colour inventory) SUBMIT BRIEF 1

1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7

Mar 26
Brief 2 Project Part 1. Compose Images from original scanned drawings using Photoshop Layer masks.
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7
 8 Apr 2  
Brief 2 Project Part 1
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7
   Easter and semester break – April 5 - 15 inclusively. Classes resume Mon. April 16. 
Apr 16

Brief 2 Project Part 2 Incorporate image from Part 1 in photo montage
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7
Apr 23

Brief 2 Project Part 2
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7
Apr 30
(Wed. Public Holiday)
Brief 3 Vector imaging. Prelim exercises SUBMIT BRIEF 2
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7
May 7

Brief 3 Prelim exercises

1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7
May 14

Brief 3 Project Pt 1. Create vector self portrait from photo.
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7
May 21

Brief 3 Project Pt 1
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7
May 28

Brief 3 Project Pt 1
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7
June 4

Brief 3 Project Pt 2 (Extend part 1) SUBMIT BRIEF 3 PROJECT PART 1
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7
June 11
(Mon. Public Holiday)
Folio Prep week. Brief 3 Project Pt 2 Submit all on 13th
1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7
June 18

Assessment Collect 20th

1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.7

Learning Resources

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Overview of Assessment

The assessment breakdown will be as follows:
7 x briefs

Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress, within class time and with each submission.

A final assessment of Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent will be given at the end of the course when students submit all completed work. A graded assessment will also occur for this course.

To be deemed competent in the course students must demonstrate competence in all Elements and related Performance Criteria.
This unit is delivered in the DIGITAL STUDIO in combination with ’Integrate colour theory’ and ’Illustration techniques’.

Assessment Tasks

3 briefs each involving prescribed exercise components and a creative project component. Brief 1 worth 20% total marks, Briefs 2 and 3 worth 40% each.

Brief 1 Use Photography and Photoshop and InDesign to create, manipulate and compose a sequence of colourized digital images

Brief 2 Use Photoshop to create a colour inventory from a found source and then apply the colour scheme firstly to a set of given images, then use it to colourize scanned marks. Incorporate result into photo collage.

Brief 3 Illustrator tuition in the form of 2 exercises, followed by a project to create a series of vector images from a photograph.

Assessment Matrix

HD High Distinction = 80-100%
DI Distinction = 70 -79%
CR Credit = 60 - 69%
PA Pass (Higher Grade Available) = 50 -59%
PX Pass (No Higher Grade Available) -
NN Fail = 0 - 49%
NYC(not yet competent)
CA (competency achieved)

Other Information

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.
Late submissions and single item extensions
In all courses marks are deducted for late submission unless Special Consideration or an Application for Extension is sought. If a student feels they may miss a deadline for a single item submission they may negotiate an extension with their teacher. They must negotiate the extension by the due date of submission. They must complete the Application for Extension form available for the Administration Office on level 3 B515. (This does not apply where there are a number of missed submissions due to general difficulties – see Special Consideration).
Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for ever piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges they are aware of the plagiarism implications noted below.
Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Is also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.
Work not seen in progress
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues.
Course guide is subject to change in relation to project variations.

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