This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to design and lay out signs using industry-recognised design software and to prepare files to be print ready.  The unit supports sign manufacturers who design and modify signs according to client requirements and prepare artwork for a range of diverse outputs, which can include vehicles, posters, billboards and panels.  Sign designs can be simple or complex in nature according to the range of software functionality used and the nature and volume of elements used to design the sign.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, and must design and lay out three different signs each consisting of letters and graphics and a minimum of three different colours, according to the following specifications: - one sign must be for a standard vehicle door, and use a logo, at least three lines of text, and a standard font; - one sign must manipulate the logo and lettering designed for the standard vehicle door, and lay out the design for a light box panel in landscape measuring minimum 1200 x 2400 mm, and; - one sign must be for a minimum 1200 x 2400 mm panel in portrait, and use three text blocks each containing at least three lines of text and at least two different images sourced from an image database. In doing the above work, the person must: - apply design theory to each sign, using colour effectively to create signs with visual impact; - apply design and layout principles suited to the specified output giving consideration to how each sign will be displayed and the conditions under which each sign will be viewed, and; - use industry-recognised software to produce the sign design and lay out a print ready file.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - principles and application of design and layout theory relevant to sign manufacture, including: balance; colour and colour harmony; contrast; - principles and application of letter legibility relevant to sign manufacture, including: format of text; letter spacing; letter styles, and; type of font used; - techniques for conveying image concept and meaning of the design through the choice and features of typography; - use of dimensions, symbols, abbreviations and key features of designs for signs; - uses and functionality of industry-recognised software for designing and laying out signs; - types, characteristics, uses and limitations of vector and raster files when designing signs; - Australian and international standards relevant to the design of signs used in public spaces, including: AS 1319 Safety signs for the occupational environment, and; - terminology used in the design and layout of signs.

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