Course Title: Create visual design components

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART6470C

Course Title: Create visual design components

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Accelerator Coordinator: Michele Meister

Dusko Lapcevic

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 unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create visual designs for interactive media components that can be integrated into a range of media products.

It applies to individuals who generate and assess ideas to create visual design components in response to specifications under supervision in a team environment.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUADIG304 Create visual design components


1. Clarify work requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clarify visual design components required in the project brief, in consultation with relevant personnel
1.2 Identify project timelines and discuss factors that may determine or affect visual design concepts
1.3 Clarify, in discussion with relevant personnel, the target user or audience, and determine format and delivery platform


2. Generate and assess ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research media products, designs, images, artwork and other creative sources that may inspire visual design ideas
2.2 Develop a range of visual design ideas that are technically feasible, respond to project specifications and provide creative solutions to design issues
2.3 Present and review visual design ideas with relevant personnel


3. Develop design concept

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Experiment with traditional and digital methods to create required visual design components
3.2 Explore a range of typographical and visual design elements to create components
3.3 Evaluate initial design ideas with relevant personnel to select final design concept
3.4 Confirm design concept complies with copyright laws
3.5 Check output format meets delivery platform requirements
3.6 Adopt safe ergonomic


4. Produce components

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Develop components based on the final design concept using various design techniques
4.2 Apply visual design principles and communication principles to produce components that have high visual impact
4.3 Save components in an appropriate format according to project specifications


5. Finalise visual design components

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Review visual design components against design and technical specifications
5.2 Discuss and confirm additional requirements or modifications with relevant personnel, and make amendments as required

5.3 Save and archive visual design components using industry or enterprise naming conventions and version control protocols

Learning Outcomes

Evidence of the ability to:

  • explore and experiment with design techniques and visual design and communication principles to produce ideas and concepts for visual design components
  • use design techniques to create visual design components that respond effectively to a project brief
  • present and discuss ideas, concepts and designs with relevant personnel
  • save and archive files using standard industry or enterprise naming conventions.

 Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

Details of Learning Activities

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate
competance in the above elements.

NOTE: This unit is clustered with OFFC5331C Use Business Technology. Both units will be both taught together, but assessed on separate criteria.
In Class Activities will include:
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises
Out of class activities will include:
• Online research
• Independent project based work
• Self directed online tutorials

Self-Directed Learning - Some activities will include a self-directed learning approach;
self-directed learning refers to organised activities that students undertake independently,  either as individuals or with other students that are supervised by a teacher.

Teaching Schedule



Week Content  Due Date  Learning Elements Content  Due Date  Learning Elements
1 Orientation Mind Map Introduction to Photoshop Briefing task 1 Task 1 due Week 3  1.1-1.3 2.1-2.3 General computer skills incl. email, network, remote access Task 1 due Week 3 1.1-1.3 2.1-2.4 3.1-3.3
2 Briefing Tasks 2 Photoshop techniques   1.1-1.3 2.1-2.3 Scanning, cleaning up scans   1.1-1.3 2.1-2.4 3.1-3.3
3 Photoshop Techniques Mood Board InDesign Task 1 due 1.1-1.3 2.1-2.3 Submitting files to Blackboard   1.1-1.3 2.1-2.4 3.1-3.3
4 Photoshop & InDesign Techniques   1.1-1.3 2.1-2.3 3.1-3.6 4.1-4.3 5.1-5.2 Photoshop & InDesign Techniques   1.1-1.3 2.1-2.4 3.1-3.3
5 Photoshop Techniques – perspective & elevations   1.1-1.3 2.1-2.3 3.1-3.6 4.1-4.3 5.1-5.2 Photoshop Techniques – perspective & elevations   1.1-1.3 2.1-2.4 3.1-3.3
6 InDesign   1.1-1.3 2.1-2.3 3.1-3.6 4.1-4.3 5.1-5.2 InDesign   1.1-1.3 2.1-2.4 3.1-3.3
7 Photoshop & Indesign & SketchUp   1.1-1.3 2.1-2.3 3.1-3.6 4.1-4.3 5.1-5.2 Photoshop & Indesign & SketchUp   1.1-1.3 2.1-2.4 3.1-3.3
8 final class task 2 due 1.1-1.3 2.1-2.3 3.1-3.6 4.1-4.3 5.1-5.2   task 2 due 1.1-1.3 2.1-2.4 3.1-3.3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Home computer - It is advisable that you have a computer at home on which to do your self-directed work. It is highly recommended that your computer can run the Windows operating system (BootCamp or Parallels on Mac OS allows you to do  this).

 Software - Photoshop & InDesign is not supplied to students for home use, but they can access the software via RMIT’S MyDesktop. It is encouraged that students either purchase a copy or organise easy access to the software for the duration of their course. Student versions cost around $200 per annum.

Software - Microsoft Excel is not supplied to students for home use, but they can access the software via RMIT’S MyDesktop

SketchUp – a free student version of this program can be downloaded. A full featured version can be access at  RMIT.

Online software tutorials - RMIT student have free access to – a very comprehensive and well respected library of online video  tutorials. Every student should become familiar with this resource as it is essential for design professionals. Access via the RMIT Library page.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:

  • project briefs
  • relevant software
  • manuals and information to support software.

 Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Assessment Tasks

Task 1: Concept Development - due week 3
Task 2: Developed Concept - due week 8

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit
of Competency is available from the Learning Management Service / MyRMIT

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you
all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to be successful in this course.
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:
Pick the following links to access the Student feedback webpage
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
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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.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works
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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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
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Further links - Application for extension of time
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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n; and,

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