Course Title: Develop and extend design skills and practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: GRAP6343C

Course Title: Develop and extend design skills and practice

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5359 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 9925 9446

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dale Nason

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

None required.

Course Description

While undertaking this course you will develop and extend skills needed to be a practising graphic designer. You will continually refine, develop and evaluate your own conceptual and technical skills, incorporating research, experimentation and collaboration as key factors in this process.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice


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


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


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 realisation implementation


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 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

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio and computer laboratory 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 will include:
• demonstrations and presentations by teacher
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• feedback and revision
• peer learning
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• student project workshops, including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities will include:
• independent project based work
• online tutorials and activities
• independent research
• studio practice
• review & revision

Teaching Schedule

This course, GRAP6343C (BSBDES403) - Develop and extend design skills and practice - is delivered
in combination with GEDU6116C (BSBCRT501) - Originate and develop concepts.
The combined timeline is presented here as a complete reference to the combined unit.

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change
depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources. There will be a number of prescribed tasks
and projects (see Assessment Tasks below).


 Week  Session Description  Task Due Performance Elements

 Major Project 1. Booklet. Developing a small book design through multiple practices.
- Advance notice to collect alternate stocks for Session/Practice #4 'Stab Bound book'
Practice #1. Recombining media texts via collage.
- 1a: collage of that day's newspaper (scanned & saved to document)
- 1b: digital montage of that day's social media feed (saved to document)
- Group Book creation

Major Project 2. Publication Proposal. Self-initiated collaborative publishing.
- initial exploration of Crowd Funding model. Group document creation.

Practice #1
1a & 1b digital files submission
GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4 

 2 Practice #2. Concertina Fold layout design.
- 2a: concertina layout developed using found printed elements
- 2b: concertina layout developed in Adobe Illustrator using own concept
- Photographic and Video documentation 
 GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4 
 3 Practice #3. Ox-Plough & Alternate forms. Make an Ox-Plough booklet.
- 3: ox-plough booklet using either digital or other media
- Photographic and Video documentation

Major Project 2. Publication Proposal.
- designation of Crowd Funding project roles & research tasks. 
 Group Document:
 Crowd Funding project mgmnt
GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4 
 4 Practice #4. Stab bound book.
- 4: stab bound book using own sourced and given found stocks 
 GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4 
 5 Practice #5. Pop-up books.
- 5: create a working font file from original or remixed vector elements, minimum single case

Major Project 2. Publication Proposal.
- project parameters set, creation of crowd funding project using publicly available system. 
 GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4 
 6 Practice #6. Font making.
- 6: create a working font file from original or remixed vector elements, minimum single case

Major Project 1. Project development
 Practice #6:
 Font files submission
GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4 
 7Major Project 1. Project development GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4 
 8Major Project 1. Project development, completion, documentation & submission

Major Project 2. Publication Proposal.
- development of content and project parameters
- complete crowd funding project ready for launch, assess required elements to go live
 Major Project #1:
 Final submission
GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4  
 9Major Project 2. Publication: Digital print.
- Publication concept development, digital content generation session, layouts version 1
- Test submission to editorial document, prototype publication export & review

Small group workshops #1.
- Video production - Audio incl. Voice Over production - Project promotion
Group Document:
Submit to editorial document
GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4  
 10Major Project 2. Publication: Hand print.
- Hand produced publication practice & process documentation, relief printing experiments
 GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4 
 11Major Project 2. Go Live.
- publish Crowd Funding project

Small group workshops #2.

- Video production - Audio incl. Voice Over production - Project promotion - Book making

Publication prototypes:
Digital and Hand made
due for group review

GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4 
 12Major Project 2.

Small group workshops #3.

- Video production - Audio incl. Voice Over production - Project promotion - Book making
 GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4 
 13Major Project 2.

Project review, adjustments & live project updates. Group review process.
Group Document:
critical reflection texts
GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4 
 14Major Project 2.
- design & production time - Digital document development - Hand made book creation
 GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4 
 15Major Project 2.
- Crowd Funding project ends, outcome assessed, push to Digital Print outcome (if funding target achieved)
- Final group Digital Document Export for Print.
Major Project 2.
Individual Project final submission
GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4  
 16 Major Project 2.
- Review of outcomes
- Assessment week
 GRAP6343C: 1 - 5
GEDU6116C: 1 - 4 



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Prescribed Texts

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

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.
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 to the library resources.

Among 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. The University Library has extensive resources for Design students.

RMIT Library has produced the following:

• subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.
• guides on academic referencing
• 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 exercises. The assessment tasks are:
Design project briefs 

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

Assessment Tasks

This course has TWO (2) major assessment tasks. These are in the form of design projects.
Each comprises 50% of the final course result.

Completion to a satisfactory degree of all required assessment task elements (as outlined in the project brief) is necessary to achieve competency.

Both major assessment tasks comprise multiple stages of partial completion &/or development,
allowing response to critical feedback with the aim of guided outcome improvement.

Assessment #1 (50% of final course result) comprises EIGHT (8) Practice elements, then a FINAL-submission version.

Assessment #2 (50% of final course result) is collaborative & will require multiple stage participation & submission, then FINAL individual submission of the relevant components (as detailed in the Assessment Task project brief).
Also refer to Teaching Schedule.

Assessment #1.
- Week 1 - collage digital file submission to group document
- Week 6 - font file submission to group document
- Week 8 - FINAL BOOK submission

Assessment #2.
Week 9 - Version #1 digital layout submission to project document
Week 11 - Publication prototypes group submission
Week 15 - FINAL PROJECT submission

In the Teaching Schedule there are some Group Document tasks.
Participation in these documents is required and detailed in the relevant Assessment Task project brief.
Weeks 3 & 13.

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 NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


The major aspect of your 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 for success.


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 Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Student Academic Progress policy:


When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e Submission process. Information regarding the eSubmission process:

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. Click 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: Work submitted late will be assessed for competency only. Submissions are only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity.
Academic Integrity:  

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