Course Title: Work with the human form in creative practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: VART6379C

Course Title: Work with the human form in creative practice

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6149 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Joel Rainford

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254215

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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 skills and knowledge required to produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas. At this level, you would take some responsibility for experimentation with a range of drawing techniques and be expected to show some command of those techniques.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAACD505 Work with the human form in creative practice


1. Research the human form

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research information and ideas from oral, written and visual sources about the representation and use of the human form in creative practice

1.2 Investigate aspects of human physiology and anatomy relevant to own practice

1.3 Analyse and extract relevant ideas and information from research

1.4 Consider intellectual property and other legislative requirements relevant to research and development of ideas

1.5 Develop and refine informed ideas about the use of the human form in creative work


2. Visually represent the human form

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Adapt ideas and knowledge about the human form for integration into a body of work

2.2 Experiment with different media and techniques to represent different aspects of the human form or reflect ideas about the human form

2.3 Identify and resolve technical problems based on developing expertise

2.4 Trial and adapt ways to represent or use the human form to develop own style


3. Evaluate own work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate development of own work with others and seek feedback

3.2 Reflect on the particular ways that experimentation with the human form has informed own practice

3.3 Identify ways in which technique may be further developed 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 competency in the above elements.

You will develop:

  • A selection of drawings that explore mark making and techniques
  • A select of drawings that use experimentation with materials and tools
  • Understanding of OH&S processes in a studio environment

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Extended drawing process and the relevant OH&S.
  • Determine and organise resource requirements for new work
  • Develop research and refine a conceptual vision through the production of drawings

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:

• in class activities
• out-of-class activities
• peer teaching and class presentations
• online research
• group discussion
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects

Teaching Schedule

Available on Canvas

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include two projects. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas.

Assessment Tasks

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected in the workplace.

To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

You should refer to the assessment brief which is available through Canvas for full assessment criteria

Assessment Task 1:Portfolio Task 

Due Week 15

Assessment Task 2:Visual Diary Task

Due Week 15


Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Information about your studies:

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.



Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):


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.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.  

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

Course Overview: Access Course Overview