Course Title: Work with photomedia in creative practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: VART6290C

Course Title: Work with photomedia in creative practice

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5316 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact : Meredith Chesney

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9165

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 55

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 develop the skills and knowledge required to work with photomedia in creative practice. This will be achieved by exploring and applying a range of techniques, equipment and materials.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD512A Work with photomedia in creative practice


1. Explore the potential of photomedia in own work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research the potential of photomedia in own work using appropriate sources of information
1.2 Reference traditional and contemporary approaches to the use of photomedia
1.3 Identify relevant technologies and approaches for the development of photomedia projects
1.4 Develop ideas for work through investigation, exploration, discussion and review


2. Experiment with photomedia

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm a command of the basic technical features and capabilities of chosen technologies
2.2 Explore and experiment with particular features of specific technologies, including the potential of combining technologies for particular purposes
2.3 Achieve different effects by extending the capabilities of photomedia technologies
2.4 Refine ideas through a process of experimentation


3. Create and present finished photomedia work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Fulfil work objectives through manipulation of technologies with increasing skill and confidence
3.2 Challenge and test technical and conceptual aspects of the work during the development process
3.3 Complete technical requirements for integration of photomedia with other media
3.4 Finalise images and files using appropriate protocols
3.5 Apply safe work practices for chosen photomedia technologies


4. Evaluate work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Review work in progress in the context of personal, professional and artistic objectives
4.2 Identify and respond to opportunities for refinement and re-thinking
4.3 Evaluate the work process in terms of its efficiency and effectiveness
4.4 Evaluate finished work in terms of its coherence with the project concept, technical resolution and suitability for the intended purpose

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

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

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Week Session DescriptionAssessment Task
Due Dates

Course Introduction

Introduction to Photoshop
• Tools & Workspace
• Basic Functions


Image Basics – Pixel Based Images & Preparing Digital images for Print
• Bit Depth & Colour Mode
• Image Formats & Compression
• Resolution & Size

EX 1 DUE - Preparing Images

Review Tasks 1 & 2


Photoshop & Imaging Techniques Session 1
Working with
• Selections & Paths
• Layers & Masks
• Retouching
• Adjustment Layers

DUE Session 1 files

(Guest Speaker TBC)

04Photoshop & Imaging Techniques Session 2
Working with
• Selections & Paths
• Layers & Masks
• Retouching
• Adjustment Layers

DUE Session 2 files

(Guest Speaker TBC)


Photoshop & Imaging Techniques Session 3
Working with
• Selections & Paths
• Layers & Masks
• Retouching
• Adjustment Layers

DUE Session 3 files


Photoshop & Imaging Techniques

• Review & Refinement of files

~ STAFF/STUDENT Sessions ~

07Assessment Task 1: Image Techniques Portfolio of Evidence

• Compilation of files into a digital portfolio for submission

Assessment Task 1 Due 30%

Assessment Task 1 –
Image Techniques
Portfolio of Evidence


• Actions, Batch Processing, Droplets

EX 2 DUE - Actions


Image Capture Workshop

• Photography & Scanning basics

EX 3 DUE - Scanning

Distribute Task 2


Assessment Task 2: Image Portfolio

• Image Capture

~ STAFF/STUDENT Sessions ~

11Assessment Task 2: Image Portfolio

• Image Capture

Assessment Task 3
Knowledge & Skill Test 10%

Assessment Task 3 –
Knowledge & Skill Test 

Assessment Task 2: Image Portfolio

Image Editing Basics

• Curves & Histograms
• Image Editing
• Intro to Camera RAW


Assessment Task 2: Image Portfolio

• Presentation & Feedback
• Peer Review
• Self Assessment


Assessment Task 2: Image Portfolio

•Refinement of images & preparation for submission


Assessment Task 2: Image Portfolio Submission 50%


Assessment Task 2 –
Image Portfolio

Assessment Task 4 –
Knowledge Test


Submission, Feedback & Folio Week


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed text in this course – This course has recommended books listed under ‘References’


You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site (Blackboard) 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. Recommended Books

Title: A Guide to Graphic Print Production – 3rd edition / [Kaj Johansson, Peter Lundberg, Robert Ryberg].
Author: Johansson, K. (Kaj)
Other Author(s): Lundberg, Peter. and Ryberg, Robert.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2011.


Photoshop LAB color : the canyon conundrum and other adventures in the most powerful colorspace
Dan. Margulis


Title: Advanced Adobe Photoshop CC Digital Classroom : for design professionals /
Author: Smith, Jennifer, 2014


Photograph restoration and enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
Vickie Ellen Wolper


Photoshop CC essential skills : a guide to creative image editing
Mark Galer ;Philip Andrews 1964- author.


Other Resources

You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site (Blackboard) 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

The University Library has extensive resources for Graphic 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 written tasks. Assessment tasks in this course are:

  • Imaging Project 1 (30% of final grade)
  • Imaging Project 2 (50% of final grade)
  • Knowledge Test 1 (10% of final grade)
  • Knowledge Test 2 (10% of final grade)

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

Assessment Tasks

Tasks and exercises in this course are either formative or summative. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

Formative exercises 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. The formative exercises help provide evidence of competency.

This course has 4 Summative Tasks which must be completed. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard to be deemed competent.

PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE: Assessments are NOT based solely on final submission of Tasks, if other requirements such as presentations; progress; milestones are specifically indicated on the Timeline (Teaching Schedule) and Assessment Task Instructions. Such additional items and their due dates will form part of the overall assessment

Summative Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1 – 30%
Portfolio of Evidence – Imaging Techniques
This portfolio is the combined outcomes of the exercises
Due Week 7

Assessment Task 3 – 10%
Kowledge & Skill Test
Due Week 11

Assessment Task 2 – 50%
Image Portfolio
Due Week 15

Assessment Task 4 – 10%
Knowledge & Skill Test
Due Week 15

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 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 be successful in this course.

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:
Pick the following link to access the Student feedback webpage

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage

Cover Sheet for Manual Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted manual work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works.

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 overall grade for each assessment task.
The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Grades will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part thereof), for the first two days. If submissions are three days or more late, the work will only be assessed as a pass or fail – it will not be graded. Submissions seven days or more late should still be handed in, however they will not be assessed and will be kept as a record only.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity

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