Course Title: Produce prints

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: VART6247C

Course Title: Produce prints

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4311 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8096

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kylie Blackley

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


Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to use techniques, materials and equipment for the production of prints. As such the unit covers general knowledge and the application of basic techniques. It is a specialisation unit and refers to a specific art form.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRI301A Produce prints


1. Plan printmaking
work through

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore printmaking ideas and techniques in consultation with key people as required
1.2 Review historical and contemporary printmaking practice as potential sources of ideas
1.3 Clarify ideas for prints based on exploration and discussion
1.4 Assess the capabilities of printmaking techniques through practice and adaptation
1.5 Select techniques that best support the ideas for the work


2. Prepare, maintain and
store printmaking

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select and organise printmaking tools, equipment and materials suited to the chosen work
2.2 Prepare and maintain resources based on the needs of the work
2.3 Take responsibility for the safe and sustainable use of resources


3. Create finished prints

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Safely use and adapt printmaking techniques to create desired effects
3.2 Review work in progress and make adjustments as required to produce final work
3.3 Add value to the current work process and future work by documenting the work progress
3.4 Liaise with others to obtain feedback on work in terms of its technical proficiency and success in communicating ideas

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide you with a focus on the acquisition of essential industry skills.

On completion of this course you will be able to:
•Prepare and maintain physical resources for the production of prints
•Use and test print making techniques
•Produce prints.

You  will also have an understanding of:
•Occupational health and safety procedures
•Physical properties and capabilities of the most commonly used materials, tools and equipment
•Techniques, materials and tools and the way they can be adapted and extended in print making work
•Approaches to print making and the work of key practitioners
•Elements and principles of design (introductory level)
•Historical and theoretical contexts (introductory level)
•Copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues.

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 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
Group discussion
Studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:

Practical exercises
Preparing for discussion
Project work
Independent research

Teaching Schedule

Week Class content Task Elements
1 Introduction to course and workshop requirements
Studio OH&S

A folio of work that is created during the semester
will be presented during week 20
2 Project Brief 1 - Monochromatic lino 1/2
3 Project Brief 1 - Monochromatic lino 1/2
4 Project Brief 1 - Monochromatic lino 1/2
5 Project Brief 1 - Monochromatic lino 1-3
6 Project Brief 2 - Drypoint Etching 1/2
7 Project Brief 2 - Drypoint Etching 1/2
8 Project Brief 2 - Drypoint Etching 1/2
9 Project Brief 2 - Drypoint Etching 1-3
10 Project Brief 2 - Drypoint Etching 1-3
20 Folio assessment 1-3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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.
Recommended texts:
‘Imprint’ quarterly publication of the Print Council of Australia.
Lambert, Susan, Print: art and technique, V&A Publications, London, 2001.
McCann, M., Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill, New York, 1979.
Petardi, A. Printmaking, London, 1959.
Grishin, Sasha, Australian Printmaking in the 1990s, Craftsman House, Sydney 1979
Whale, George., Digital printmaking, London : A. & C. Black, 2001.
Simmons, Rosemary., Dictionary of printmaking terms, London : A. & C. Black, 2002.
Ross and Romano The Complete printmaker New York, Free Press 1972
Westley, Anne. Relief printing London, Atc Black 2000

Printmaking supplies are available from the following:
• Melbourne Etching Supplies: St David’s Street Fitzroy 3065
• Neil Wallace: Greaves Street Fitzroy 3065
• Magnani Papers: Barkly st Footscray

Please note: Students are required to supply their own personal protective equipment, i.e. apron, solvent resistant gloves, sturdy covered shoes. RMIT is in close proximity to a broad range of Melbourne galleries and cultural venues, and professional printmaking workshops and suppliers are also readily accessible.

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 Tasks

Project Brief 1 – Monochromatic Lino Print
Production of print which demonstrates a highly developed command of the selected techniques and which is consistent with the conceptual vision
Due date: Week 20

Project Brief 2 – Drypoint Etching
In depth knowledge of techniques, materials and tools and the ways they may be adapted and extended.
Due date: Week 20

Assessment Matrix

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

Other Information

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.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this 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.

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In assessing whether a particular adjustment is reasonable consideration should be given to:
•the student’s disability and his/her views
•the effect of the adjustment on the student, including effect on his/her ability to achieve learning outcomes, participate in courses or programs and achieve independence
•the effect of the proposed adjustment on anyone else affected, including the education provider, staff and other students
•the costs and benefits of making the adjustment.

As a result, what constitutes "reasonable" varies on a case-by-case basis and the balance is sometimes difficult to strike. However, it is clear that education providers are not required to lower academic standards or disregard the needs staff or other students. In more complex cases discussion with the disability service will be useful. It may be useful to examine previous judgements in relation to the DDA.

An RTO needs to fit LLN into the delivery of its training and assessment as it has an important role in:
•redressing any deficiencies in its students’ key LLN skills
•building the generic skills of teamwork, communication and problem solving that are highly valued by employers.
In addition to developing skills and knowledge for a particular job, this program also aims to help you to develop broad work skills, known as Employability Skills. There are eight employability skills.

Employability Skills which feature in the Diploma of Visual Art include:
•Problem solving
•Initiative and enterprise
•Planning and organising
•Self management

Employability skills are embedded in the units of competency in your program. When you demonstrate that you are competent in your particular job skills and knowledge you are also demonstrating that you have developed relevant employability skills. Further information about the employability skills you will develop in this program is available at: chapter/EmpSkillsMandText

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