20 credits at level HE4
Digital graphics includes the process of enhancing or transforming digitally captured images using specialist image editing software. In this module students will develop an understanding of the basic tools and techniques of digital graphics software used to produce images for video, 3D media, and print. Students will have opportunities to experiment with graphic styles and digitally manipulated visual material. The module encourages students to express imaginative skills and engage in critical self-reflective practice. As this module is fundamental to the development of digital design skills, students will be required to demonstrate a wide range of skills and produce a variety of graphics relevant to their chosen pathway.
Resolution (image setting, size, scanning, optimization); Selection methods (lasso, marquee, quick masking, pen tool); Layers (stacking order, opacity, blending modes, masking, adjustment layers); Images manipulation and editing techniques; Channels for image manipulation and text effects; Production of image for appropriate output (e.g., image restoration, animation, text effects, advanced image manipulation, advanced colouring); Managing digital assets; Copyright issues; Evaluation and action planning.
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used such as demonstration, teacher input, practical work and a blended learning approach will be adopted. Lessons will involve students working on practical projects.
You will undertake a variety of mini-projects that have been agreed with your tutor and which are appropriate to your subject specialism, and maintain a digital diary to show the process and procedures you have used and to record your justification for your choices of techniques used. Projects will be evaluated against technical and aesthetic criteria and saved according to safe working practices designed to avoid accidental loss or unnecessary duplication of work.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Produce a range of complex digital graphics outputs to professional specifications using a digital graphics application, show the process and procedures you have used, and justify your choices.||
1.1 (a) use advanced techniques with selections and layers appropriate to your agreed mini projects, (b) show the process and procedures you have used and (c) justify your choice of techniques used.
1.2 (a) adjust resolution for a variety of uses such as print, web, and video, (b) show the process and procedures you have used and (c) justify your choices.
|2.||Analyse the difficulties experienced in using particular techniques and identify ways of overcoming such problems||2.1 explain the specific techniques used in the production of your mini projects, the problems you encountered and how the problems were overcome.|
|3.||Critically evaluate your own digital graphics work in the context of professional practice.||3.1 critically evaluate your completed mini projects in the context of professional practice.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Between 3 - 5 mini projects demonstrating use of advanced techniques||Digital diary -showing the process and procedures you have used - justification of your choice of techniques used (500 words)|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Busselle, M. (2002) ‘Creative Digital Photography’. Devon: David & Charles
Campbell, A. (2004) ‘The Digital Designer’s Jargon Buster: The Ultimate Illustrated Dictionary of Design, Print and Computer Terms’ Sussex:Ilex
Caplin, S. (2005) ‘How to Cheat in Photoshop: The Art of Creating Photorealistic Montages’, Oxford: Focal Press
Fiell, C. and P. (2003) ‘Graphic Design for the Twenty-First Century’, New york: Taschen
Gordon, B. and Gordon, M. (2002) ‘The Complete Guide to Digital Graphics’ London:Thames & Hudson
Kelby, S. (2005) ‘The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers’ Indianapolis: New Riders
Lacey, N. (1998) ‘Image and Representation’ London: Palgrave Macmillan
Rodarmor, W. (2005) ‘Illustrations with Photoshop’ Califonia: O’Reilly Media Inc.
Kress, G. and Van Leeuwen, T. (1996) ‘Reading Images: The grammar of visual design’ London: Routledge
Popper, F. (1997) ‘Art of the electronic age’ London: Thames and Hudson
|Host Subject Group:||Art and Design|
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