Course Title: Develop and extend design skills and practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART5936C

Course Title: Develop and extend design skills and practice

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5218 - Diploma of Interactive Digital Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Jessie DiBlasi

Nominal Hours: 30

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 looks at the skills and knowledge required by a practising interactive digital media designer. Through the exploration of photography, image editing tools and graphic design techniques, you develop your skills and complete a series of printed and screen based projects.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES403A Develop and extend design skills and practice


1. Acquire and develop technical skills

Performance Criteria:

1. Acquire and develop technical skills Performance Criteria: 1.1 Plan strategies to ensure the development of appropriate technical skills in design practice
1.2 Plan and use opportunities to develop and assess technical skills
1.3 Identify and use practice, feedback, discussion and evaluation opportunities to continuously improve technical skills
1.4 Develop and extend technical skills through testing capabilities of materials, tools and equipment
1.5 Identify and use relevant media to stimulate technical and professional development


3. Develop own voice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Explore and experiment with new ideas in making and/or interpreting design work
3.2 Explore and use technology, where appropriate, to develop own voice and expand practice
3.3 Demonstrate own voice through design project realization


4. Evaluate own work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Seek and apply constructive criticism from others to improve own work
4.2 Evaluate own work against planned strategy for own practice
4.3 Evaluate own work in the context of work by others in order to extend own practice
4.4 Adjust work processes and practice as necessary to improve technical, conceptual and commercial outcomes


5. Research work opportunities

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Correctly identify sources of information relating to work opportunities for designers
5.2 Identify networks and promotional opportunities for designers which may be helpful in developing career opportunities
5.3 Incorporate research results and information into own work and career planning


2. Develop conceptual skills and ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Engage in ongoing experimentation and exploration of different ideas and techniques
2.2 Discuss ideas with others and apply knowledge gained to inform own work
2.3 Use work practice to gain experience in a range of genres and interpretations
2.4 Study the work of others to stimulate conceptual and technical skills development
2.5 Research and share ideas across a range of design disciplines
2.6 Identify and use a range of opportunities to develop own skills and keep informed about current design practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will have developed design skills appropriate for interactive digital media design.

Details of Learning Activities

In-class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• lectures
• lab work
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• workshopping of students’ own projects

Out-of-class activities include, but are not limited to,

• accessing learning and tutorial resources on
• research
• work shopping
• independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

Week Class Content Elements
1 Course overview: Develop and Extend Design Skills 1,2,3
2 Photoshop - Basic selections - Summative 01 Briefing 1,2,3
3 Photoshop - Clone stamp, retouch + heal 1,2,3
4 Photoshop - Quick masks, channels + layer masks - (Formative 01) Summative 01 concept presentations 1,2,3,4,5
5 Photoshop - Levels and curves + colour adjustments 1,2,3,4,5
6 (Formative 02) Photoshop test - Basic skills 1,2,3,4,5
7 Studio Class 1,2,3,4,5
8 Summative 01 - Micro Macro World Submission 1,2,3,4,5
9 (Formative 03) Hepatitis Victoria Education Session - Summative 02 Briefing 1,2,3,4,5
10 Photoshop - Photo restoration 1,2,3,4,5
11 Photoshop - Paths + masks 1,2,3,4,5
12 Photoshop - Advanced colour + tone edit - (Formative 04) Summative 02 concept presentations 1,2,3,4,5
13 (Formative 05) Photoshop test - Intermediate skills 1,2,3,4,5
14 Photoshop - Perspective editing + simple visual effects 1,2,3,4,5
15 Summative 02 – Health Promotion Poster Submission 1,2,3,4,5
16 Photoshop - Revision 1,2,3,4,5

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Galer & Andrews, 2010, Photoshop CS5 Essential Skills, Focal Press

Dabner et. al., 2010, Graphic Design School, Thames and Hudson


You are expected to make extensive use of the resource and associated University library facilities, in researching and developing photographic, digital imaging and graphic design techniques.
You are also advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

Students are encouraged to make full use of University computer lab resources. Please consult the course Blackboard page or the University web site for details of access times and locations.

Other required resources include broadband internet access, suitable digital media storage such as a portable hard drive or USB flash drive, with at least 4Gb capacity.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge course content is assessed through ongoing class exercises and construction of a high-resolution photographic document.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessments.

Formative Assessments

1. Concept Presentation for Summative 01: Micro Macro World
Present initial concepts for the Micro Macro World assessment.
Due in class, week 4

2. Photoshop test - Basic skills
Demonstrate your ability to complete a set photoshop task in a limited time frame. To be completed and submitted in class, week 6

3. Hepatitis Victoria Education Session
Attend an education session, conducted by Hepatitis Victoria. Time/Location TBC

4. Concept Presentation for Summative 02: Health Promotion Poster
Present initial concepts for the Health Promotion Poster assessment
Due in class, week 12

5. Photoshop test - Intermediate skills
Demonstrate your ability to complete a set photoshop task in a limited time frame. To be completed and submitted in class, week 13

Summative Assessments 

1. Micro Macro World
Produce a high-resolution printed image, illustrating a surreal world formed from microscopically tiny or monstrously large elements. Due in class, week 8

2. Health Promotion Poster
Produce a high-resolution printed poster with the theme of health promotion. Working with the client and relevant stakeholders, the poster will meet specific dictated guidelines and requirements for possible statewide distribution.
Due in class, week 15

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

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

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

Assessment Matrix

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

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. 

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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