Course Title: Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: VART6229C

Course Title: Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6128 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja and Fay Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kirsten Lyttle

Nominal Hours: 70

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 unit you will develop skills and knowledge required to research and explore technologies available to artists working in any digital media. Given the rapid pace of
Change and technology, one focus of this course is on exploring industry trends whilst maintaining currency.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDIG502A Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art


3. Integrate technologies into own work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Explore different ways of working with technologies
3.2 Challenge and stretch the capabilities and uses of different technologies through experimentation
3.3 Develop own ways of working with technologies that achieve desired outcomes
3.4 Engage in informed discussion with others about the characteristics and opportunities of particular digital art technologies
3.5 Establish and follow safe work practices


4. Manage digital technologies in professional practice

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Establish systems and habits to maintain currency of knowledge around digital art technologies
4.2 Develop ways of working that minimise waste
4.3 Maintain the quality and life of equipment and consumables through appropriate handling and storage


1. Research digital technologies

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research the detailed capabilities of different digital technologies and equipment
1.2 Evaluate current, emerging and experimental technologies
1.3 Investigate the relationships between technologies and the achievement of different effects
1.4 Determine cost and supply parameters for different technologies and equipment


2. Select digital technologies for in-depth exploration

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess the creative and professional opportunities offered by different technologies
2.2 Determine limitations and constraints of particular technologies
2.3 Select technologies that suit own practice

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Experiment with digital media techniques and other media to inform thematically connected digital media art work
  • Develop and refine conceptual vision for thematically connected digital media artwork.

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Fundamental digital art technologies
  • Develop workshop and portfolio skills.

Details of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a Digital studio. You will complete presentations 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 studio and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will need also be expected to make use of the library resources.
The learning activities for this course centre around the following:

  • Participation in practical workshops conducted by a teacher. Workshops also provide the opportunity for student to practice & perform under supervision and coaching from a teacher
  • Participation in tutorials which can be one on one, small groups or whole class and which provide the opportunity for students to present their work for comment and critique by teachers and fellow
  • Individual studio time for students to work on projects to develop skills and conceptual ability in an
    environment of discovery and experimentation.
  • Keeping a visual diary which contains evidence of conceptual development, feedback on work from tutorials, reflection on own development and understanding, critical engagement and critical discourse.
  • Research
  • Ongoing practice to become self managing
  • When available, attendance at exhibitions and field work.

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass ContentTasksElements
1 Project Brief 1 Processing ideas and experimenting 1-3
2 Solvents and transfer techniques Exploration of test images 1-4
3 Printing - large format Epsom 9900 large format printer 4
4 Printing - individual tutorials  4
5 Printing - Individual tutorials  2-4
6 Printing - Individual tutorials  2-4
7 Printing - Individual tutorials  2-4
8 Presentations Present resolved response to Project Brief 1 3
9 Presentations Present resolved response to Project Brief 1 3
10 Project Brief 2 Independent concept development 1-4
11 Presentation of Project 2 concepts Presentations 2-3
12 Studio work  1-4
13 Studio work/Individual tutorials  1-4
14 Studio work/Peer Crits Presentations 1-4
15 Studio work/Individual tutorials  1-4
16 Studio work/Individual tutorials  1-4
17Studio Assessment preparation  1-4
18Assessment  1-4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Explore the extensive resources under Visual Art in the subject guides in the library catalogue.

Nikon D7000 kit - you will be able to borrow cameras from the School of Art

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 Tasks

Folio including:

Project 1

Project 2

Visual Diary

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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