VISA2272 Art of the Graphic Novel

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Fine Arts major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
The term 'graphic novel' is used broadly to describe works of non-fiction across a number of genres including, among others, alternative culture, fantasy and science fiction. Contemporary graphic novels are composed of sequentially developed art imagery presented either in a traditional comic book form or in experimental artist book form. The graphic novel holds a strong place in contemporary literature and culture, and is gaining increasing status in traditional disciplines. Students learn the history of the graphic novel in relation to the practice of producing such a work. The original origins of the graphic novel are in the practice of traditional printmaking. The unit examines traditional printmaking practices used to produce the earliest form of the Graphic Novel. Researching the works of early graphic novelists such as the Belgian artist Frans Masereel, students learn introductory graphic art processes of wood carving and printmaking. They are taught the process of visualising and recording sequences or storyboards of thoughts and imagery. Students produce their own unique graphic novelettes through the use of traditional and contemporary print media and artists book binding techniques.
Students are able to (1) have a good working understanding of the role of the artist within the studio, workshop practices, health and safety; (2) achieve practical competencies in printmaking technologies including printing, wood carving, mono type printmaking and other transient image transferral processes; (3) compile works on paper into artist books, and understand the relevance of design and practice within this framework; (4) develop a strong awareness of cultural practices at the origins of print media and wood carving via research exchanges with international institutions in Indonesia, USA and Cuba; and (5) develop graphic drawing skills necessary to record and develop their ideas from research and their imagination.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assessment 1 and (2) assessment 2. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Chris Markle
Unit rules
one of the following units: VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording; VISA1051 Art in the Environment; VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means; VISA1054 Art of Drawing; VISA1052 Art of Expression; ARCT1000 Studio Fundamentals; ARCT1010 Drawing History; IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Fine Arts consumables (estimated cost - $75-$350).
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