Visual Arts Student Guide

CUA41315 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

 

Course Overview:


The Certificate IV in Visual Arts is a practical, studio-based qualification which provides students with a an understanding and broad knowledge in a range of art methods. The program is designed to support folio creation and offer an introduction to the arts industry. Areas of study include drawing, painting, sculpture, art history and theory, art and professional practice

The program aims to support students in the development of their artistic voice, create a folio, learn about the visual arts industry and develop skills to become a visual art practitioner. Upon completion of this program, students will produce a portfolio of artwork for use in further art training and/or to seek work in the visual arts industry.

 

 

Employability Skills


This qualification reflects the role of practitioners working at a pre-professional level who are beginning to develop their own artistic voice. They produce work that shows proficiency with a range of techniques and are able to apply solutions to a defined scope of unpredictable problems. The student will develop broad and integrated factual, technical and theoretical knowledge with cognitive skills that allow them to analyse, compare and act on information from a range of sources.

In addition to developing skills and knowledge for a particular job, this program aims to develop broad work skills. Employability Skills which feature in the Certificate IV in Visual Arts include:

  • Communication

  • Teamwork

  • Problem solving

  • Initiative and enterprise

  • Planning and organising

  • Self-management

  • Effective OH&S practices

  • Learning

  • Technology

Employability Skills are embedded in the units of competency in your program. When you demonstrate that you are competent in your particular job skills and knowledge, you are also demonstrating that you have developed relevant employability skills.

 

 

Student Learning Obligations


Admission

Students will be admitted into the course based on the criteria in the RCDC Admissions Policy.

Students need to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI) in accordance to the Student Identifiers Act 2014 before RCDC an issue any certification documents to you.

Attendance

Students are expected to be regular and punctual in attendance at all classes in the courses in which they are enrolled. All applications for exemption from attendance at classes of any kind must be made in writing to the Student Services Manager.

It is the student’s responsibility to read the course outline before the course commences to ensure that they are familiar with any course requirements for that course.

Start date policy - student are required to start at week 1 - not after, as they will not complete the competencies required with the time missed.


In the case of illness students may be excused for non-attendance at classes provided you submit an original and valid medical certificate to Student Services. Students who are absent for more than two weeks may be asked to defer their studies till the next available intake.

Completion

Students who have been assessed as meeting the course requirements will receive their qualification testamur and academic transcript in accordance with the RCDC Qualification Issuance Policy.

For more information about managing your program, please refer to the Student Handbook available on RCDC website/Policies and Procedures.

 

Census Date


Students who wish to withdraw from a subject without incurring financial penalties must do so on or before

the published Census Date of each term. RCDC Census Dates

Any changes to subjects without academic penalty must be finalised by the end of Week 2 of the term in which the subject is allocated. This includes adding, swapping or withdrawing from a subject. However, international student are not permitted to withdraw from any subject without replacing it. Domestic students must be aware that by withdrawing from a subject they may be extending their course duration

 

Delivery and Duration

Students will:

1. participate in practical workshops, developing skills in:

  • Drawing

  • Painting

  • Sculpture

2. study Colour Theory as a way to understand the Elements and Principles of Art and Design

3. explore the role of the artist as it pertains to their own Artist Practice and Professional Practice

4. examine Art History and Theory as a way to inform their own art practice

At completion of this program graduates will have produced:

  • a series of portfolios demonstrating their current skills achieved across 2D and 3D media

  • a body of work conceived as an exhibition

  • a digital portfolio of work including design collateral that is industry-ready

Delivery and Training


Delivery comprises


  • 8 face to face workshops of 2.5hrs per week, for 9 weeks/term

  • 16hrs directed self study, completion of projects per week


The set enrolment period is six (6) months. The semester consists of two terms of 9 weeks and a two week break.

 

 

Delivery Structure


The delivery of this qualification is offered in a blended mode via a combination of face-to-face workshops and directed self study. Training and assessment materials are arranged into clusters, as outlined below, allowing for holistic assessment to be conducted.  All learning and assessment materials have been developed by RCDC.
The volume of learning of a Certificate IV Visual Arts is (360 student contact hours (20 Hours per week). The estimated volume of learning required to complete this qualification is based on a range of factors including:

face to face in class time

  • 20hrs directed self study

  • completion of projects

  • research

  • team work

  • student presentations

  • excursions

  • participate in both industry and professional practice

 

Self Study


Students are required to spend an estimated minimum of 288 hours directed self study (2 Hours per subject per week) Based on the guidelines in the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) volume of learning indicators and as set out in the RTO Standards 2015 Clause 1.1

Students receive detailed instructions (verbally and in the form of handouts) of the homework to be completed each week. These tasks support assessment briefs and learning competencies.

 

Deadlines and Submissions

The submission of work requirements that fail to meet nominated deadlines will not be accepted or assessed.
Late submissions may be considered at the lecturer’s discretion, provided that:

  • A Medical Certificate is submitted explaining the absence.

  • 48 hours notice is given communicating the inability to meet the nominated deadline.

  • Special Consideration forms have been completed.

 

Class Participation


Participation in all theory and studio classes is an integral part of the learning process in the program. 100% attendance is encouraged. Work must reflect consistent interaction with lecturers in the studio in order to be considered for assessment.

 

Marking Procedures

Assessment is conducted at the end of each unit of competency through folio presentation in studio-based courses. Assessment processes range from studio practice/research/presentations and professional development. Each assessment is conducted by a panel of staff at each year level in studio course assessments. The panel will view all studio-based courses in the folio and respond with a grade and written response, their comments reflecting an overview of the folio.

Student’s folios must be produced in consultation with appropriate staff, reflecting the projects and workshops conducted during that semester. The relevant staff before submission must sight all works included in the folio. Unsighted, untutored works will not be accepted for assessment. Selection of works for inclusion in the folio should ideally be part of the teaching process.

 

 

RPL

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process of giving learners credit for skills, knowledge and/or experience gained through working and learning. It can be gained at any stage of their lives, through formal and informal learning. RPL is assessed and reported against the outcomes of units of competency and/or subjects within training package qualifications delivered by RCDC. The aim of granting RPL is to reduce the amount of learning required to achieve a training package qualification or VET accredited course by acknowledging an individual's skills, knowledge and/or experience acquired through formal and informal learning.


For more information, please refer to the RPL Policy under Academic Policy Folder available available on http://www.raffles.edu.au/policies-and-procedures.html


 

 

Plagiarism


Plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct and refers to the use of another person’s work, thoughts and/or intellectual property without proper reference or acknowledgement of that source. Plagiarism could be intentional or unintentional. You should familiarise yourself with the guidelines on academic writing styles, and in relation to group work and collaboration.  All instances of plaiarism will be handled according to the Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Policy under Academic Policy available on http://www.raffles.edu.au/policies-and-procedures.html

 

 

Resubmission Policy


Assessments must be submitted by the stipulated date and via the stipulated method. The method may be online submission, or physical or hard-copy submission.


Students may resubmit an assessment if he/she is aware of an error in the work submitted, and prior to the original due date.


After the due date, the right to resubmit is at the discretion of the lecturer and may take place only after a review of the results. This is the case where the lecturer has assessed the assessment as unsatisfactory and non-competent.


Students may submit an appeal for review of academic decision in accordance with the Student Grievance and Appeals Policy and Procedure available under Student Services Policy on http://www.raffles.edu.au/policies-and-procedures.html

 

 

Students With Specific Needs


Where students have an identified need, reasonable adjustment strategies are applied in conducting assessments in accordance with the Learner Support Policy. These will be applied where possible, in association with the Individual Support Plan previously agreed with the student. All Individual Support Plans and adjustments to assessments will be noted in the individual student file and retained.


A student with temporary or permanent disabilities, including on-going illnesses that impact upon their ability to undertake assessment tasks may lodge a written application for adjustment to the learning and assessment arrangements with the Student Services Manager. Applications must include medical certificates or other relevant supporting documentation.


Applications should be lodged no later than the teaching period census date.Variations to assessment arrangements are determined by the relevant Head of Department, following review of the recommendation by the Student Services Manager and in consultation with the Program Director.

 

 

Student Conduct

As a Raffles Student, you are expected to comply with the student conduct set out in the Student Handbook including:

  • Access and behaviour
  • NO smoking
  • NO headphones or iPods
  • footwear mobile phones
  • Occupation Health & Safety rules for all students
  • NO eating and drinking in classrooms
  • ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS ARE TO BE CONSUMED ON CAMPUS
  • Student property
  • Start Times - lateness

 

Phone Policy

Mobile phones are to be switched to silent mode or switched off while in the Classroom. Never answer whilst in the classroom.

 

Important Information

Library

Library hours are: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm.

As a student of RCDC, you have full access to a wide collection of library resources, including books, journals, DVDs, magazines etc. You can also use the Mac or PC computers in the library to browse a range of database or our ebrary. There is room for you to read, study, or use the Wi-Fi.You need your student ID, or proof of enrolment, to borrow items from the library.

All library books must be returned in person to the Librarian. No library books can be left at Administration or with lecturers or other students. Library books can only be borrowed by presenting a current ID card. Students will be liable for books not returned. A late fee of $1 per day per item will be charged for books not returned by their due date.

You can access your library account and search the catalogue via the student portal.

Find out more information at the library website Raffles College Library.

Learning Support


Raffles College recognises that students sometimes require learning support during their studies.
This can either be additional language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) support or general assistance with study skills.

Student Services can assist with advice about resources. If you are experiencing any personal issues or distress please talk to a member of staff. We can offer advice, referral to a counsellor, trainer or program co-ordinator or other qualified person depending on the nature of the problem.

Please refer to the Academic and Literacy Support Procedure under the Academic Policy Folder on Policies and Procedures.

Assessment Results: Release dates

Assessment results are released on the Monday of week 11 of every term.

Change of address

It is very important to keep your address and contact details up to date at all times. If you are an international student on student visa in Australia, it is a condition of your visa to to inform RCDC within seven days of any change to your residential address.You can change your address online via Edupoint Student Portal or by sending an email to studentservices@raffles.edu.au.

Changes of enrolment or withdrawals from the program


RCDC offers full time or part time enrolment to suit the needs of our students. A full time enrolment is two subjects a term.

International Students

For international students studying on a student visa, it is a condition of your student visa that you are enrolled full-time in your course.

Withdrawal from Subject

Withdrawal of subjects may be deemed to change your enrolment type. Please consult with the Student Services Manager if you need to adjust your enrolment for any study period.

Withdrawal from Program

A student must notify the Student Services Manager or Student Services staff by completing the withdrawal form and submitting it to the Student Services department if he or she wishes to cancel their enrolment in the program. A student who cancels their enrolment is deemed to have withdrawn from enrolment in all subjects in their enrolment program.

Complaints and Appeals


Students has a right to make a complaint and submit an appeal to RCDC on any matters, whether academic or non-academic matters. RCDC’s internal complaints and appeals processes are available to students without cost.

Please refer to the Student Grievance and Appeals Policy under the Student Services Policy Folder on Policies and Procedures.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)


Except under extenuating circumstances, all students are required to submit their assessments on time. Where a student has a special consideration, he/she must submit an Application for An Extension to Complete Assessment Form available from Student Services.

 

Course Materials - Mandatory Requirements


Supporting the Certificate IV Visual Arts program, you are required to have the standard stationary kit for class use.


Robust plastic folder (wallet)

  • ALL assessment tasks and course notes relating to each subject be chronology organised and available at all times.


A3 portfolio with plastic sleeves (remains on the college campus)

  • ALL assessment tasks validating all learning competencies and supports the portfolio reviewing process.


Standard stationery kit. Allows you to participate in note taking and assessment tasks.

  • Pencils

  • Pens

  • Note pad

  • Ruler

  • Easer


(PPE) Personal Protective Equipment

Assessment task Materials - Course Kit


When you undertake the Certificate IV Visual Arts, you are required to supply your materials for each course. A comprehensive list is available during your enrolment day. Materials are to be purchased prior to the commencement of class. The below list

can be purchased from Eckersley’s Art Supplies.

Drawing Materials

  • Visual Process Diary, A3 or A4 spiral bound

  • Cartridge Paper Pad A3 or A2

  • Specialist Paper (as needed) e.g. Watercolor Paper


Dry Materials

  • selection of lead/graphite pencils

  • charcoal (compressed/willow/pencil)

  • chalk pastels

Wet Materials

  • ink (black/colour)

  • watercolor

  • gouache

  • acrylic paint

  • assorted mediums

Stationery Materials

  • standard eraser

  • kneadable eraser

  • sharpener

  • ruler

  • blade

  • scissors


Other

  • water container

  • cutting mat

  • selection of brushes (flat, round, pointed in a range of sizes)

  • folder to store and transport all drawings

  • fixative spray (plus mask)

  • masking tape
     

 

Timetable - CUA41315 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

This timetable outlines how content is distributed across subjects (over two terms) as well as the general descriptors for each subject.



TERM 1

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY




10:00-

12:30


2.5 HRS


 

STUDIO:

COLOUR THEORY


BSBDES301

Explore the use of colour


 

STUDIO:

DRAWING


CUADRA401

Experiment with techniques to produce drawings

STUDIO:

ARTIST PRACTICE


CUAPPR404

Develop self as artist


CUAPPR401

Realise a creative project


CUAPRO405

Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work


CUAPPR302

Document the creative work progress

ART HISTORY/THEORY


BSBCRT403 Explore the history and social impact of creativity

LLN



Language

Learning

Numeracy

Support

1:30-

4:00


2.5 HRS

STUDIO:

PAINTING


CUAPAI401

Experiment with techniques to produce paintings

STUDIO:

SCULPTURE


CUASCU401

Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE


CUAPPR407

Select and prepare creative work for exhibition


CUAPPR304

Participate in collaborative creative projects


BSBWHS201

Contribute to health and safety of self and others  

STUDIO:

Visual Communication



CUAACD301

Produce drawings to communicate ideas


BSBDES402

Interpret and respond to a design brief

 

TERM 2

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY





10:00-

12:30


2.5 HRS


 

STUDIO:

COLOUR THEORY


BSBDES301

Explore the use of colour

STUDIO:

DRAWING


CUADRA401

Experiment with techniques to produce drawings

STUDIO:

ARTIST PRACTICE


CUAPPR404

Develop self as artist


CUAPPR401

Realise a creative project


CUAPRO405

Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work


CUAPPR302

Document the creative work progress

ART HISTORY/THEORY


CUARES403

Research history and theory to inform own arts practice



 

LLN



Language

Learning

Numeracy

Support

1:30-

4:00


2.5 HRS

STUDIO:

PAINTING


CUAPAI401

Experiment with techniques to produce paintings

STUDIO:

SCULPTURE


CUASCU401

Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE


CUAPPR407

Select and prepare creative work for exhibition


CUAPPR304

Participate in collaborative creative projects


BSBWHS201

Contribute to health and safety of self and others  

STUDIO:

VISUAL COMMUNICATION



UAACD301

Produce drawings to communicate ideas


BSBDES402

Interpret and respond to a design brief

 


 

 

Subject

Description

STUDIO:
COLOUR THEORY

This subject aims to introduce students to the concept that many decisions in art, design and visual culture involve decisions about colour. Students will explore colour and colour theory through lectures and tutorials, focusing on colour – as a key element of art and design. Students will participate in practical workshops, using gouache paint and other 2D media, examining colour mixing and colour combinations, looking to artists for inspiration. Students will collate all media experiments in a Portfolio.

STUDIO:
DRAWING

In this subject, students will explore various approaches to drawing and develop competence and confidence in utilizing drawing materials, techniques and methods. Students will undertake studio-based exercises that will emphasize drawing as a means of creative expression, looking to artists for inspiration. Students will investigate the formal elements and principles of two-dimensional art and design as they develop their drawing skills and their ability to apply these through observation of still-life objects. Students will collate all media experiments in a Portfolio.

STUDIO:
PAINTING

In this subject, students will explore various approaches to painting and develop competence and confidence in utilizing watercolour, acrylic and oil paint (as well as mediums, gels and glazes). Students will undertake studio-based exercises that will emphasize painting as a means of creative expression, looking to artists for inspiration. Students will continue to investigate the formal elements and principles of two-dimensional art and design as they develop their painting skills and their ability to apply these through observation of still-life objects. Students will collate all media experiments in a Portfolio.

STUDIO:
SCULPTURE

In this subject, students will explore various approaches to three-dimensional artmaking and develop competence and confidence in utilizing a range of sculptural materials from paper to found object assemblages. Students will undertake studio-based exercises that will emphasize sculpture as a means of creative expression, looking to artists for inspiration.  Students will investigate the formal elements and principles of three-dimensional art; examining a variety of forms including relief, in-the-round and installation. Students will digitally document their process and finished works, collating all work in a Portfolio.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

This subject supports the development of the student as an artist, as outlined in Studio: Artist Practice. It allows the student to explore the real-world creative arts industry. This subject aims to engender group co-operation as students collaborate to plan and execute a student-run exhibition. As each student is developing their own BOW to professional exhibition standard in Studio: Artist Practice, this subject encourages teamwork and skill sharing in the preparation for, and installation of, the exhibition. Students will organize an exhibition opening, developing their event management skills. Students will work both independently, and within the group, to also generate marketing collateral (text for press releases, online social media content and a catalogue utilizing their graphic design skills – with links to an online Artist Portfolio).

STUDIO:
ARTIST PRACTICE

In this subject, students will begin to develop their own artistic practice, creating a body of work (BOW) that spans over two terms. Students will draw upon their 2D and 3D skills from other subjects, focusing on one or more expressive form.  The BOW allows for students to engage in artmaking as a practice, revealing their developing technical skills. Works produced over the entire semester provide the possibility for students to establish their intentions as artists and to develop courses of action for their own practice. The exploring, developing and resolving stages of the BOW will be documented in the Visual Arts Process Diary (VAPD).

STUDIO:
VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS

In this subject, students will explore the basic elements and principles of art and design as they investigate the role of the designer. Students will respond to a design brief aimed at developing their technology skills, exploring the practical application of Adobe Creative Suite (including InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop). Students will work both independently, and within the group, to generate print-ready marketing and promotional collateral to support their exhibition.

ART HISTORY/THEORY

This subject chronologically explores the history of visual communication, examining seminal shifts in the artworld; across culture and over time. Content is delivered in a lecture/tutorial format with an emphasis on providing students with an historical framework for understanding and interpreting a variety of visual art forms, noting the inextricable relationship between art and culture.
This subject encourages the understanding of art as a visual language and aims to foster in students, the ability to translate this understanding into verbal expression, both oral and written. Students will make connections between their own practice and the wider artworld (both historical and contemporary).

 

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