UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

VISA2273 Art of Drawing—Advanced

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Fine Arts major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science students
  • Level 2 elective
Content Drawing is making marks on surface; it is a way to describe, investigate, understand and challenge assumptions of how the world is understood and in doing so one is able to engage with it. In the visual arts discipline drawing is a graphic means of exchange; it is a process through which observation and ideas are formed, scrutinised and communicated. Expanding from visual art practices, this unit is transdisciplinary in that it makes critical references to architecture, engineering, music, performance and the sciences. The academic objective is to weave a path in drawing from stone to silicone. The study is a nexus of contemporary theory and applied practice. The working methodology of drawing is applied to traditional techniques to inform and extend contemporary modes of practice. Drawing is contextualised as a global phenomena. For example, study moves from the Petroglyphs (ancient stone inscriptions) of the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia, onto the drawings of Leonardo de Vinci and then to contemporary graphic modes of virtual representation such as digital image scanning, data scaping, and computer-generated work.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) develop and apply knowledge of drawing as a vital device of the artist, performer, writer musician, mathematician, scientist and explorer; (2) develop new forms of research skills and an appreciation for the importance of global transdisciplinary practices inherent within drawing; (3) engage directly in the problems and possibilities of creative enquiry through contemporary drawing in an expanding field of international practice; (4) demonstrate the acquisition of skills in visual analysis of drawings; (5) develop competence in using a range of drawing materials; (6) analyse and understand the way drawings are used in different cultures and in different contexts; and (7) develop research skills and communicate in well-developed written arguments.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) drawing folio; (2) drawing assignment; and (3) drawing essay. 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) Paul Trinidad
Unit rules
Prerequisites: 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; IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation
Contact hours up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/VISA2273/SEM-1/2017

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