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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: GRAP5391C

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

School: 320T Architecture & Urban Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4382 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9446

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ned Jobson


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 course, you will use creative thinking techniques and consider the role of experimentation and investigation to produce 2 dimensional designs. You will develop an understanding of the design principles and elements and apply these through the design process.


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 2-dimensional design

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access relevant sources of information on 2D design 1.2 Evaluate and collate information to build a knowledge of 2D design


2 Explore the creative design process for 2-dimensional 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 2-dimensional forms

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Investigate and reflect on how a particular concept or idea might be communicated in 2D 3.2 Select materials, tools and equipment relevant to the realisation of the concept or idea 3.3 Apply a creative design process to produce a range of 2D concept realisation 3.4 Reflect on own application of design process and success in communicating the concept or idea 3.5 Seek and obtain feedback from others about the 2D form and its success in communicating the concept or idea 3.6 Present and store concept realisations or samples in a format which takes account of the need for professional presentation and the work’s potential value for future jobs

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:

  • 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

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).

This course will be delivered in the same weekly session as VART6409 - Produce innovative digital images - CUADIG405. The following timeline contains activities for both courses.



Course Schedule: Imaging / 2D                                                             Semester 2: 2018



Readings and Activities


Elements and Performance Criteria GRAP5391C


Elements and Performance Criteria 

Week 1 


General Course Overview. 





Week 2


 Intro to the computer lab.




Week 3

Photoshop Introduction

Adobe Photoshop, recording and saving work.

Adjustment exercise SUBMISSION

Before / After Submission



Week 4


Basic Image Editing, 


Complete an exercise on basic selection methods in Photoshop

Selections exercise SUBMISSION 1,2,3


Week 5


Basic techniques for enhancing and correcting images


 Week 5 Quiz

1,2,3 1.1-2

Week 6

Basic Retouching, apply your skills

Edit images, looking at fundamental aspects such as colour and composition



Week 7


Adjustments to Provided Images

Complete a selection of different adjustments to provided photographs


Mask exercise submission




Week 8

Montage Exercise

Learn about layers, masks and blending modes

Statue Montage submission



Week 9

Montage ex. Continued 

Learn about layers, masks and blending modes

Book Cover Montage 



Week 10

Folio week

Students use this session to update folio with work completed thus far this semester.

Homework: Collect 10 objects and paint them white, bring to next class.




Week 11

Project 1: Photograph Objects

 Photo studio space will be used to shoot objects. Students will take 20-30 shots and use some of these for experimentation and refinement.




Week 12

 Project 1: Photographing and adjusting raw images.

Students continue to shoot images if not done yet. Best few are chosen for adjustments and manipulation.




Week 13

Design process and SUBMISSION

Exploring the design problem

Project 1 due this week.

Project 1: Art Catalogue Cover



Week 14


Project 2 Excursion: Melbourne Zoo. Shoot images of animals for use in the linocutting project




Week 15


Rename and Contact Sheet

Using Adobe Bridge, students batch rename images and produce a contact sheet. Chosen image then manipulated in Photoshop.




Week 16

Research and Transfer

Research 2D design, adjust and transfer your image from screen to paper.   3


Week 17

Carving & Printing

Image transferred to lino, begin carving process. Keep in mind OHS guidelines! Once lino is carved, printing can begin.   1,2,3


Week 18

Carving & Printing (Cont.) Printing lino sheets in wet media room. Students can bring in specialty stock/paper to conduct print experiments. Assignment 2: Linocut submission due today 1,2,3 2,3,4,5

Week 19

Folio Week Students use this session to update folio with work completed thus far this semester.   1,2,3  1,2,3,4,5

Week 20

Catch up week Students are welcome to use the classroom to catch up on any submissions and to receive assistance from the teacher and peers.  Final opportunity for any resubmissions for work that is not yet competent. 3 3,4,5






Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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 is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or exercises.
The assessment tasks are: 2D design exercises and projects


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.
These combined courses (GRAP5391, VART6409) have 2 Summative Tasks, each of which must be completed/submitted. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.


  • Selection
  • Montage

Project 1: Art catalogue cover
Experiments in capturing and manipulating images and combining them with text. Substrate and format will be chosen to further convey a concept. Project will be documented. An online reflection will be completed. Due week 13.

Project 2: Lino Print
Print making and the impact of materials on communication. The outcome will be digitally enhanced. Project will be documented. An online reflection will be completed. Due week 18.


At the completion of the course, you will be deemed competent or not yet competent

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 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

Credit Transfers and Recognition of Prior Learning
Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.
Recognition of Current Competency (RCC).
RCC applies only if you have previously demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.
Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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