Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: VART6281C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4322 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Leigh Milward

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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


This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with GRAP5312 2D Design process.

Course Description

In this course you will consolidate a range of digital imaging skills and apply these in experimental and innovative projects. Projects and techniques addressed will assist students in developing an individual style or voice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDIG401A Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images


1. Develop proficiency with a range of digital imaging techniques and media

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Evaluate the potential for new approaches to digital imaging based on capabilities of techniques already used
1.2. Adapt or introduce new tools, equipment and materials to achieve different effects
1.3. Extend the capabilities of digital imaging techniques through experimentation
1.4. Take account of the safety and sustainability considerations for different techniques and media


2. Develop ideas for digital imaging

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Articulate creative and other goals for digital image work
2.2. Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property requirements
2.3. Apply knowledge of different digital imaging techniques to inform ideas
2.4. Allow techniques and ideas to work together to inform each other
2.5. Consider the professional potential and other criteria for work when developing ideas
2.6. Refine and confirm ideas based on experimentation, research and collaboration with others


3. Organise digital imaging resources

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Assess specific resource requirements for the chosen work
3.2. Research and access potential sources of supply for digital imaging resources
3.3. Evaluate cost and other constraints that impact on the development of work
3.4. Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations for finished digital images
3.5. Set up or coordinate resource requirements according to safety and other workplace requirements


5. Evaluate own digital imaging work

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Reflect on own work in terms of conceptual development and technical execution
5.2. Identify areas for future improvement especially in terms of own skill development
5.3. Discuss completed work with others and respond positively to feedback


4. Create finished digital images

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Create digital images, using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation
4.2. Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with the production of work
4.3. Use safe and sustainable work practices throughout the production of work
4.4. Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that inform it.

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, workshop or classroom 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 may include:

  • class exercises
  • tutorials
  • practical demonstrations
  • workshops
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities may include:

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

Teaching Schedule

 Note: this course for Certificate IV in Design (Accelerated) is integrated with other units.

<thead> <th valign="middle" height="50" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" scope="col">Week</th> <th valign="middle" height="50" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" scope="col">Activity</th> <th valign="middle" height="50" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" scope="col">CUVDIG401A Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images (VART 6281C)</th> <th valign="middle" height="50" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" scope="col">BSBDES302A Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms (GRAP 5312C)</th> <th valign="middle" height="50" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" scope="col">Due this week</th> </thead> <th scope="row"> 1 </th> <th scope="row">2</th> <th scope="row">3</th> <th scope="row">4</th> <th scope="row">5</th> <th scope="row">6</th> <th scope="row">7</th> <th scope="row">8</th> <th scope="row">9</th> <th scope="row">10</th> <th scope="row">11</th> <th scope="row">12</th> <th scope="row">13</th> <th scope="row">14</th> <th scope="row">15</th> <th scope="row">16</th> <th scope="row">17</th> <th scope="row">18</th> <th scope="row">19</th>
Mobile/point-and-click photography

Introduction to Photoshop. Recording and storing work.
Submit link to video through Blackboard if finished.
Intro to Photoshop.

Next week: compile all research. Formative Task 2 starts next week.

1, 2, 31.1-2 
Photoshop navigation and selections
"In-class discussion: Look at photos generated so far in the course and discuss ‘What are the features of a quality photograph?

Class activity: Navigation and selections."
1, 2, 31.1-2 
Basic image adjustment and layers
Image retouching and enhancement.
1, 2, 31.1-2 
Images and resolution
Exercises to enhance the role and impact of resolution on an image. Image resizing and placement in other software and the web.
1, 2, 31.1-2 
Exercise: Image enhancement and print and knowledge quiz.
Consolidation of image retouching and enhancement. This will be used for feedback on your abilities
1, 2, 31.1-2 
Students will receive advice on their progress so far based on the submission and participation in class activities. They may be advised on a path of re-engagement and to brush up on skills. Students will also be briefed on Project 1.
Next week: bring in coloured objects and other equipment as per brief.
Project 1: Poster
Students will use this class to photograph the objects, upload and sort their photos.
2.1-4, 5.1-3  
Project 1: Poster
Midway feedback
Project 1: Poster
Finalise poster and compile experiments. Print on variety of substrates.
4.1-4, 5.1-33.6 
Project 1: Poster submission
Apply the photo and combing with a suitable typographic quote. Evaluate experiments and submit.
4.1-4, 5.1-33.6Project 1 submission
Level Up: Excursion to Melbourne Museum1.1-5, 2.1-6, 3.1-31, 2 
Project 2: Lino print
Students will enhance their photographs from the excursion. They will then print and trace, then transfer to lino. During this class students will also be given feedback on their poster and opportunities to resubmit for the folio.
Project 2: Lino print carving.
In this class, students will carve their lino. Due next week.
Project 2: Lino print
A daylong workshop in which students bring their lino by hand and, time permitting, on a press.
4.1-4, 5.1-32, 3.1-6Lino carve due
Project 2: Lino print scan and experiment
In this class, students will scan their work and use a variety of blending modes against supplied scans of substrates and textures. They will assess their work and submit.
4.1-4, 5.1-33.1-6 
Project 2: Lino print submission
Students ready their work for submission. Evaluate experiments and submit.
4.1-4, 5.1-33.1-6Project 2 submission

Project 3: Folio

Students will use this time to photograph their work and prepare for the folio. Students will receive in-class feedback on Project 2 during this time, for possible resubmission.

Students may also be interviewed as part of gathering evidence of competency this week.

4.1-4, 5.1-33.1-6 
Project 3: Folio
Students will submit their folio photos as part of the evidence of competency for this course. Students will submit one nominated 2D design created in another course (or outside the program) as part of their folio of evidence, as well as their lino print.

Students may also be interviewed as part of gathering evidence of competency this week.
  Project 3 submission

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


You are advised to look at the course myRMIT Studies (Blackboard) for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site and also for Google Docs and Google Groups via your student Google Account for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year. Additional information relating to this will be provided on an ongoing basis. A digital resource folder resides on network server. Further information regarding access to this is available in the ‘Computer Survival Kit’ provided during orientation.
You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.
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.
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 of the library resources.
Some equipment can be provided, e.g. DSLR cameras.
Students are encouraged to independently research to extend their skills using the library.

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 and will include practical tasks and projects.

Assessment tasks are:

Project 1 50%

Project 2 50%

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks and you should engage in all formative tasks.
This course has 1 Summative Task. All assessment tasks must be completed/submitted to a satisfactory level – there will be opportunities to resubmit. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Formative Task 1: Photoshop exercises

Short exercises on software that form part of your feedback

Formative Task 2: Project 1 - Poster

Experiments in capturing and manipulating images and combining them with text to convey a feeling. Due week 11

Formative Task 3: Project 2 - Lino Print

Print making and the impact of materials on communication. Due week 17

Summative Task 1: Project 3 - Folio
All formative tasks plus the students’ choice of work from other classes are re-presented and incorporate any response to feedback. Due week 19 

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
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment
NYC - Not Yet Competent

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

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
Special Consideration Policy (Late Submission)
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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline
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 e-Submission process can be located  e-submission

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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