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Unit Overview


This drawing unit welcomes students from all disciplines and is structured in such a way that it caters to those who have no or limited prior drawing experience as well as to those who wish to advance their existing skills. This unit explores drawing as a fundamental process in the development and communication of ideas. Undertaking structured studio workshops supported by a weekly lecture and online learning content, students will acquire the foundational skills necessary to begin developing a competent and engaging visual language. The unit introduces a range of practical methodologies for observation and recording as well as experimental, conceptual, process-based and non-representational approaches to mark making. Students produce a folio of in-class and independently produced drawings followed by a dedicated drawing project with supporting research and critical documentation. This unit may involve working at off-campus locations so that students have the opportunity to learn ‘in situ'. Drawing Foundations is a complementary unit for students enrolled in the Fine Arts major.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Fine Arts major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) competently utilise a range of skills relevant to drawing in response to set tasks; (2) exhibit evidence of skill development in the field of drawing; (3) investigate the inventive application of concepts and processes in drawing; (4) demonstrate an expanded awareness of image-making possibilities through the exploration of a variety of concepts, media, materials and practices relevant to drawing; and (5) communicate information and ideas effectively in written, oral and creative modes.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) creative work; (2) written work; and (3) oral presentation(s). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Andy Quilty
Unit rules
VISA1054 Art of Drawing
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).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Fine Arts consumables (estimated cost - $75-$350).
Contact hours
Up to 4 hours per week.
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.