VISA1054 Art of Drawing

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 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 1 elective
This unit explores drawing as a process central to a number of fields of study. It introduces a range of key thinkers, artists and works relative to developing analytical and creative skills and thought processes. It provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in creative representation and self-expression using lateral thinking through material investigation and explores many different responses to vision and expression. Students learn to communicate effectively in spatial and visual or pictorial contexts and engage in recording their work with digital materials and media to experimentally represent their ideas and show some understanding of aesthetics within the framework of visual culture. They are encouraged to engage in the contemporary art community by attending exhibitions and artists talks.

Students develop a folio of drawings, experience working collaboratively on large scale, and develop individual research projects with supportive critical documentation (Visual Essay) demonstrating refined thinking and application of new skills with an understanding of drawing as a way of seeing, thinking, experiencing and as a means of critical exchange.
Students are able to (1) learn and demonstrate basic skills of observation and rendering in a range of drawing materials and approaches; (2) learn to engage directly in the practice of creative research and recording using their own contemporary drawing in context of the expanded field of contemporary art/drawing; and (3) learn and demonstrate present knowledge and skills of drawing as an interdisciplinary practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) drawing folio; (2) group drawing assignment; and (3) visual essay (1000 words and images). 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)
Andy Quilty
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).
Contact hours
48 (lectures: 12 hours; practical workshops and tutorials: 36 hours)
Unit Outline
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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