Course Title: Refine printmaking techniques

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART6370C

Course Title: Refine printmaking techniques

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5348 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Phillip Allan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4030

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Deborah Williams

+61 3 9925 4215

Nominal Hours: 75

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 refine techniques for printmaking work and to develop an individual style in a body of creative work. This occurs through a process of research, refinement and evaluation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques


1. Research printmaking ideas and techniques

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Support professional practice by expanding knowledge of historical and contemporary printmaking 1.2 Research ways that other artists have used different printmaking techniques 1.3 Investigate how particular printmaking techniques work to achieve different technical effects 1.4 Evaluate the relationships between printmaking techniques and ideas 1.5 Adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches and comply with intellectual property requirements


2. Select printmaking techniques for refinement

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Evaluate creative and professional opportunities offered by different printmaking techniques for own approach to work 2.2 Identify and assess limitations and constraints of particular techniques 2.3 Select a broad range of printmaking techniques for refinement


3. Consolidate printmaking technique to professional level

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop increasing confidence and skill through practice and experimentation 3.2 Proactively identify and resolve technical problems in printmaking based on developing expertise 3.3 Challenge and test ideas and use creative thinking techniques to encourage new and unpredictable ideas to emerge 3.4 Evolve ideas and other professional skills through ongoing experimentation with technique 3.5 Develop own ways of working with techniques to create individual style 3.6 Create a coherent body of prints that shows command of selected printmaking techniques 3.7 Handle equipment, tools and materials safely; minimise and safely dispose of waste throughout all processes


4. Evaluate own printmaking technique

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Evaluate development of own technique with others and seek feedback 4.2 Seek and participate in professional discussions that challenge and explore different concepts and approaches 4.3 Evaluate particular ways that experimentation with different techniques has informed own artwork 4.4 Identify ways to further develop technique as part of professional practice and build ideas into future work

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

Learning activities will take place in a studio 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 may include:
• practical demonstrations
• workshops
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• studio practice
• tutorials

Out of class activities may include:
• practical exercises
• reading articles and excerpts
• preparing for discussion
• project work
• independent research
• online research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and gallery visits as suggested by your teacher.

Teaching Schedule

Week Class content Learning elements
1 Semester Two Health and Safety induction, Conventions and Terminology. Overview of
semester delivery. Registration sheet preparation.
2 Project 1 Reduction Linoleum cut. 1.1, 1.2,
3 Project 1 Reduction Linoleum cut. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
4 - 6 Project 1 Reduction Linoleum cut 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7   4.1, 4.2, 4.3
 7  Project 1 Reduction Linoleum cut  2.1, 1.4, 1.3,
 8 Project 2 Monoprint and stencil  - introduction with examples of resolved prints. Intro stencil techniques  2.1, 2.2, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2
 9  Project 2 Monoprint and stencil - monoprinting techniques  2.1, 2.2, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2
 10  Project 2 Monoprint and stencil - monoprinting techniques  2.1, 2.2, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2
 11 & 12  Project 2 Monoprint and stencil 2.2, 2.1,  2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.6, 3.7, 4.3
 13  Project 3 Woodcut printing  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

 14 & 15



 Project 3 Woodcut printing


General studio & Folio preparation

 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

You will be required to have your materials purchased prior to the commencement of the project. Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment A set of linoleum tools Speedball is a great brand or a 6 or 12 wooden handle linoleum cutting tool set. It is not recommended you purchase a cheaper brand. It is recommended these tools are purchased from either of the following as they give student discounts and offer the best price and quality. Melbourne Etching Supplies: 33A St David’s Street Fitzroy 3065 p. 9419 5666
Neil Wallace: 44 – 46 Greaves Street Fitzroy 3065 p 9419 5949
Ansell Sol- Vex Nitrile gloves
Safety glasses
Sturdy covered shoes.


Other Resources

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.

Art Almanac provides a comprehensive listing of galleries and exhibitions throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria however you should become familiar with the following print specific bodies:
• Print Room: NGV International, 180 St. Kilda Road
• Print Council of Australia: 42 Courtney Street, North Melbourne 3051: ph. 9328 8991
• Australian Print Workshop: 210 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy 3065: ph. 9419 5466
• Firestation Print Studio: 2 Willis Street, Armadale 3143: ph. 9509 1782
• Peter Lancaster Press: 14 Eames Street, Brooklyn: ph. 9314 3036
• Port Jackson Press Australia:
Print Room: 59-61 Smith Street, Fitzroy 3066: ph. 9419 8988

All students have access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources, with the State Library being on RMIT’s doorstep.

Printmaking supplies are available from the following:
• Melbourne Etching Supplies: 33A St David’s Street Fitzroy 3065 p. 9419 5666
• Neil Wallace: 44 – 46 Greaves Street Fitzroy 3065 p 9419 5949
• Magnani Papers: 40 Buckley Street, Footscray, VIC 3011. p: (03) 9689 5660 f: (03) 9689 5640 ..

Please note: You are required to supply your own personal protective equipment, i.e. apron, solvent resistant gloves (Nitrile), safety glasses & sturdy covered shoes.

RMIT is in close proximity to a broad range of Melbourne galleries and cultural venues, and professional printmaking workshops and suppliers are also readily accessible.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course.

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

  • Participation and practical demonstration of class based activities
  • Practical demonstration to be able to select and apply appropriate techniques and media to complete a body of work
  • The ability to demonstrate conceptual development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Completion of an art journal and portfolio including personal reflection, research and feedback
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence.

Assessment is based on your ability to undertake the following:

  • Evolve and refine printmaking technique through a demonstrated process of experimentation
  • Develop individual style in own work
  • Produce a coherent body of professional artwork that includes the use of well-developed printmaking technique
  • Research printmaking technique in the broader context of other artwork and artists
  • Use safe and sustainable work practices.

Assessment will be via folio submission at the end of the semester.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Project 1 – Visual text – Reduction linocut
• A minimum of 3 preparatory drawings
• Completion of one resolved image editioned at a minimum of 5 prints, using four colours
• Journal with conceptual, visual & technical research.
• OH & S Workbook
Due date: End of Semester 2
Week: 18

Project 2 -  Monoprinting / stencils / texture
• A minimum of 3 preparatory drawings and/ or collages
• Completion of a series of 5 resolved unique state prints – they can be related in theme or size or be
very different from each other. Minimum of 10 experimental works that back up the resolved prints and demonstrates an engagement with all processes introduced in class.
• Journal with conceptual, visual & technical research.
• OH & S Workbook
Due date: End of Semester 2
Week: 18

Project 3 - Woodcut
• A minimum of 3 preparatory drawings
• Completion of one resolved image editioned at a minimum of 5 prints.
• Journal with conceptual, visual & technical research.
• OH & S Workbook
Due date: End of Semester 2
Week: 18

For all projects: Students will be required to document in their Journals;
techniques with visual exploration and experimentation.
Conceptual development
Preparatory drawings

Complete your OH&S workbook including OH&S compliance documentation;
process specific procedures,
use of materials and equipment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment matrix

 UNIT TITLE  RMIT Code - VART6370C  National Code - CUAPRI501    
 Assessment tasks  Elements  Performance Criteria  Performance Evidence  Knowledge Evidence Assessment Conditions 
 Project 1 – Visual text – Reduction linocut  1, 2   1.3, 1.4, 4.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

Evidence of the ability to:

  • research an extensive range of printmaking techniques to inform own work practice
  • refine printmaking technique through a process of thorough experimentation and practice to create a coherent body of printmaking work which:
  • shows a command of chosen techniques
  • demonstrates the development of an individual style
  • supports own ideas for work.


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


To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • describe copyright, trademarks, design licences and permissions relevant to producing print works
  • identify an extensive range of information sources that support research in printmaking practice
  • summarise, for historical and contemporary printmaking, the main cultural, sociological, philosophical, aesthetic, political and commercial influences
  • explain, for own work practice and that of other artists, the relationship between printmaking technique and particular effects and design ideas
  • explain, for an extensive range of printmaking techniques, how they work to achieve effects and their limitations and constraints in achieving effects
  • describe a range of creative thinking techniques and how they can be used to encourage new ideas
  • describe, for the elements and principles of design, the detailed characteristics, complex interrelationships, use in prints and how they may be challenged
  • discuss formal and informal professional development opportunities for professional arts practitioners working with prints
  • explain key safety requirements for printmaking work.

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:

  • equipment, tools and materials used to produce prints
  • information sources.


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

 Project 2 -  Monoprinting / stencils / texture  1, 2  1.3, 1.4, 4.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7
 Project 3 - Woodcut  1  1.3, 1.4, 4.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7
 Visual Diary  1,   1.1, 1.2, 1.5
 Complete OH&S workbook  4  4.3, 4.4

Other Information

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.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1

Course Overview: Access Course Overview