Course Title: Realise a body of creative work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: VART6220C

Course Title: Realise a body of creative work

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: 99254472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Phillip Allan


Fiona Hillary

Nominal Hours: 80

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

In this course you will gain the skills and knowledge required to realise a coherent body of creative work. Practitioners integrate conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create work in their chosen creative form.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRP501A Realise a body of creative work


1. Develop ideas for a coherent body of work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Establish and explore a developing range of sources to inform new ideas
1.2 Support professional practice by extending knowledge of historical and contemporary references
1.3 Evaluate developing ideas and options for creative work using critical and creative thinking approaches
1.4 Consider the professional potential of ideas
1.5 Where appropriate, refine personal thinking through consultation with relevant people
1.6 Develop ideas or designs based on research, reflection and suitability for the intended purpose


3. Develop own approach to documenting the body of work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate options for documenting and recording work and the ideas and research that inform it
3.2 Consider information for inclusion and the need to reveal the process of work
3.3 Select and develop own approach and presentation style
3.4 Document production of work from initial ideas to realisation


6. Evaluate own artwork

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Review work in progress against personal, professional and artistic objectives
6.2 Identify and respond to opportunities for refinement and re-thinking
6.3 Evaluate efficiency and effectiveness of the work process
6.4 Evaluate finished work in terms of its coherence with the project concept, technical resolution and suitability for the intended purpose


2. Plan and organise the production of work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm the scope and objectives of the work based on the project concept
2.2 Evaluate and organise financial, physical and other resources based on in-depth knowledge of the creative form
2.3 Set up or gain access to an appropriate work space
2.4 Develop a realistic timeframe for the production of work
2.5 Evaluate and respond to project constraints
2.6 Monitor project workflow against the plan


4. Collaborate with others

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Seek and be open to critical analysis of own work by others
4.2 Participate critically and knowledgably in conversations that explore different ways of doing things
4.3 Explore and experiment with ideas that come from collaboration


5. Create finished work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Use safe work practices to manipulate selected materials, processes and technologies with increasing confidence and skill
5.2 Challenge and test technical and conceptual aspects of the work during production
5.3 Finish work to professional standard

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to produce digital images that represent and communicate ideas linked to your elective practices.

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 also 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
class presentations
group discussion
class exercises to review discussions/lectures
studio work.

2. Out-of-class activities include:

practical exercises
reading articles and excerpts
project work
independent research.

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

Teaching Schedule

WeekCourse ContentTasks
1Overview of the Course
i. Working in the Mac computer lab.
ii. Computer Lab. Exercise: saving a file
i. Identify computer room set-up and student responsibilities
ii. Opening Photoshop and saving a file
2i. Introduction to Photoshop
ii. Workshop 1: Produce two computer drawings
i. Opening the program
ii. Using layers and selecting layers, colours, and brush sizes
3Workshop 2: Creating a stencil and patterni. Adjust a colour photographic image into a poster size tone dropout, black and white stencil
ii. Create a pattern of the image
4Workshop 3: Pen tool & layer masksUsing layer masks and the ‘Pen’ tool to blend images, cut out precise shapes, and construct an illusion
5i. Workshop 3: Pen tool & layer masks
ii. Workshop 4: Imbedding textures
i. As above
ii. Using Image/Adjust to produce a tone dropout portrait
ii. Use Layer style to imbed textures into objects
6Workshop 5: Using the clone tool to clean an imageUse the ‘clone’ and ‘healing tool’ clear an image of unwanted marks
7Workshop 6: Inserting your artwork into a public space.

Saving a full size and an email/internet size copy.

i. Insert a two dimensional image of your artwork into a public space

ii. Saving one copy suitable to email or place on the internet

8Workshop 7: Inserting a figure into an indoor and an outdoor spacei. Identify major issues with inserting a figure into spaces in order to create a convincing illusion
9Workshop 7: Inserting a figure into an indoor and an outdoor space

Tutorial week

i. Identify major issues with inserting a figure into spaces in order to create a convincing illusion
10i. Workshop 7

ii. Introduce Project 1

As above
11Project 1: Use Photoshop to produce a digital triptych 
12As aboveAs above
13As aboveAs above
14As aboveAs above
15As aboveAs above
16Completion of all Workshops and Project 1 submitted on the Server.
No formal assessment for ‘Realise a body of creative work’ in Semester 1.
As above

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Weinmann, Elaine & Lourekas, Peter ‘Photoshop CS5/6’- Visual Quickstart Guide

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.

Please purchase a USB memory stick (8-16Gb) or external hard drive

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 will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • Practical tasks and a major project
  • Completion of workshops in a digital format.

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

Assessment Tasks

There is no formal assessment at the end of Semester 1. However completed work, 7 Workshops and 1 Project, is asked to be submitted onto the Server in early June.
Assessment in November involves the submission of all Workshops and Projects. At least on quality digital print is required to be submitted.

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.

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