Unit of competency details

CUVDIG401A - Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images (Release 1)


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Is superseded by and equivalent to CUADIG405 - Produce innovative digital imagesUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages and clarify intent. Title changed. Minor edits to elements and performance criteria. 14/Jan/2016
Supersedes and is equivalent to CUVVSP13B - Research and experiment with techniques for digital image enhancement and manipulationThis unit replaces CUVVSP13B Research and experiment with techniques for digital image enhancement and manipulation 26/Sep/2011

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1 1 (this release) 27/Sep/2011

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Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
MEM05 - Metal and Engineering Training PackageMetal and Engineering Training Package 5.0-11.1 
ICP - Printing and Graphic ArtsPrinting and Graphic Arts 1.0-1.1 
CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package 1.0 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 1.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
MEM60211 - Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object DesignAdvanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design 1-4 
MEM50311 - Diploma of Jewellery and Object DesignDiploma of Jewellery and Object Design 1-5 
ICP40815 - Certificate IV in ePublishingCertificate IV in ePublishing 
CUV50411 - Diploma of Photo ImagingDiploma of Photo Imaging 
CUV40411 - Certificate IV in Photo ImagingCertificate IV in Photo Imaging 
CUV40311 - Certificate IV in DesignCertificate IV in Design 
CUV40211 - Certificate IV in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural ArtsCertificate IV in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts 
CUV40111 - Certificate IV in Visual ArtsCertificate IV in Visual Arts 
CUA50513 - Diploma of Live Production DesignDiploma of Live Production Design 
CUA50413 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical ServicesDiploma of Live Production and Technical Services 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100303 Photography 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100303 Photography 12/Apr/2012 
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This version first released with CUV11 Visual Arts, Craft and Design Training Package version 1.0

Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to proactively experiment and innovate with various digital imaging techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice.

Application of the Unit

People with a command of digital techniques apply the skills and knowledge outlined in this unit. They could be producing digital images for electronic media or physical output.

At this level, work is undertaken independently with supervision and guidance as required.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content


Performance Criteria 

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Develop proficiency with a range of digital imaging techniques and media

1.1. Evaluate the potential for new approaches to digital imaging based on capabilities of techniques  already used

1.2. Adapt or introduce new tools, equipment  and materials  to achieve different effects

1.3. Extend the capabilities of digital imaging techniques through experimentation

1.4. Take account of the safety and sustainability considerations  for different techniques and media

2. Develop ideas for digital imaging

2.1. Articulate creative and other goals for digital image work

2.2. Research , adapt and use relevant ideas  and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property requirements 

2.3. Apply knowledge of different digital imaging techniques to inform ideas

2.4. Allow techniques and ideas to work together to inform each other

2.5. Consider the professional potential  and other criteria  for work when developing ideas

2.6. Refine  and confirm ideas based on experimentation, research and collaboration with others

3. Organise digital imaging resources

3.1. Assess specific resource requirements for the chosen work

3.2. Research and access potential sources of supply  for digital imaging resources

3.3. Evaluate cost and other constraints  that impact on the development of work

3.4. Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations  for finished digital images

3.5. Set up or coordinate resource requirements according to safety and other workplace requirements

4. Create finished digital images

4.1. Create digital images, using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation

4.2. Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with the production of work

4.3. Use safe and sustainable work practices throughout the production of work

4.4. Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that inform it

5. Evaluate own digital imaging work

5.1. Reflect on own work in terms of conceptual development and technical execution

5.2. Identify areas for future improvement especially in terms of own skill development

5.3. Discuss completed work with others and respond positively to feedback

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication skills to:
  • discuss ideas and techniques in own work
  • create a record of the digital imaging work
  • initiative and enterprise skills to:
  • experiment with digital imaging techniques to enhance final digital images
  • apply critical thinking and analytical skills when developing ideas for digital imaging
  • learning skills to:
  • refine and improve a range of techniques
  • evaluate quality of own work and identify ways to enhance own practice
  • literacy skills to undertake research about the work of other digital imaging artists and arts practitioners
  • numeracy skills to:
  • evaluate resource costs
  • calculate material requirements
  • planning and organising skills to plan work tasks and resources
  • problem-solving skills to identify and resolve technical and conceptual issues in digital imaging work
  • technology skills to use the internet as a research tool.

Required knowledge 

  • role of experimentation in developing and refining ideas for digital imaging and how this relates to the development of an individual style or voice
  • ways to adapt, extend and combine the capabilities of a wide range of digital imaging technologies and techniques
  • characteristics of different materials under different treatments and the potential of these characteristics to achieve different effects in work
  • formal elements and principles of design and how they may be used, adapted and challenged in digital imaging work
  • research methodologies used by artists
  • historical and theoretical contexts for digital imaging and how they may be used to inform individual practice
  • sources of raw, part-processed and processed digital imaging materials
  • sources of other resources needed in a professional digital imaging practice
  • intellectual property issues and legislation to be considered by independent arts practitioners
  • sustainability considerations for the professional operation of a digital imaging practice
  • OHS requirements for the set-up and operation of digital imaging work space.

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the ability to:

  • develop ideas and techniques through a process of research and experimentation
  • produce a series of digital images or single major work that demonstrates a command of techniques
  • apply knowledge of digital imaging techniques, equipment and materials and the ways they may be adapted and combined.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • equipment and materials used in digital imaging work.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • evaluation of technical execution of work pieces produced by the candidate
  • direct observation of digital imaging in progress, including exploration of, and experimentation with, techniques
  • questioning and discussion about candidate’s intentions and the work outcome
  • review of portfolios of evidence
  • review of third-party reports from experienced practitioners.

Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands (e.g. literacy) and the needs of particular groups (e.g. people with disabilities, and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties, such as speakers of languages other than English, remote communities and those with interrupted schooling).

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • CUVPRP401A Realise a creative project
  • ICPPP430C Manage colour.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Techniques  may include:

  • acquiring images:
  • from the internet
  • through digital photography
  • through scanning
  • manipulating images using the full range of features in industry-standard digital imaging software
  • matching resolution and format of output to reproduction requirements
  • outputting image as:
  • a print
  • CD
  • other storage medium
  • uploading images to the internet.

Equipment  may include:

  • computer
  • digital camera
  • digital imaging software
  • discs and memory cards
  • guillotine
  • output devices
  • scanner.

Materials  may include:

  • a range of printing surfaces:
  • papers
  • acetate
  • fabrics
  • hard copy source material, such as:
  • photos
  • magazine clippings
  • paintings.

Safety and sustainability considerations  may include:

  • federal, state and territory legislation, regulations and standards
  • personal protection
  • recycling
  • safe disposal of waste.

Research  may involve:

  • approaching individuals with relevant expertise
  • attending lectures and talks
  • conducting material and technical experiments and tests
  • seeking out information in books, journals and newspapers
  • searching the internet
  • visiting exhibitions and museums.

Ideas  may be influenced by:

  • artistic aspirations
  • current capability with techniques
  • historical and theoretical contexts
  • subject matter or theme for the work, such as:
  • built environment
  • land and place
  • natural world
  • political, cultural and social issues
  • the body
  • spiritual concerns.

Intellectual property requirements  may relate to:

  • extent to which the work may be used
  • form of acknowledgement or credit
  • procedures for seeking permission to use the work of others, including systems for the administration of copyright
  • protocols for the adaptation of work by others.

Professional potential  may relate to:

  • cost of production
  • existence of an established market
  • how to promote or sell the work
  • market trends
  • professional development.

Other criteria  may relate to:

  • client and user expectations
  • environment in which work will be viewed
  • materials
  • quality of final product
  • techniques
  • timelines
  • tools.

Process followed to refine  ideas may include:

  • adjustment to consideration of elements and principles of design
  • adjustment to subject matter or theme
  • adjustment to use the extended capabilities of the technique.

Sources of supply  may include:

  • commercial outlets
  • imaging bureaux
  • internet
  • share ware
  • software resources.

Cost and other constraints  may relate to:

  • availability of materials and equipment
  • budgeting
  • sponsorship
  • timeframe.

Presentation considerations  may include:

  • availability of space and equipment
  • cost
  • practical considerations
  • presentation context
  • timeframe.

Unit Sector(s)

Visual communication – digital content and imaging