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Unit Overview


This unit considers the rich history and evolution of painting, from cave walls to graffiti art, right through to hybrid forms of painting found today. With a focus on transdisciplinary practices, the unit introduces students to techniques and processes used in contemporary painting. Through studio based experimentation students are guided in a range of traditional and contemporary applications toward the production of conceptually and materially developed artworks. While the emphasis is on painting, the influence of new media and technologies on wet mediums and the scope for spatial and sensorial experimentation will also be encouraged. The study program is a nexus of contemporary theory and applied practice that aims to build on foundational painting skills while offering a pathway toward specialised practice.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) develop a sophisticated visual language and skill set that engages with contemporary ideas and processes in the facility of painting; (2) exhibit evidence of ability to respond critically to the development and conceptualisation of ideas through class critiques, documentation and independent image making; (3) understand traditional painting techniques and how to expand on these in ways that consider new media, technologies and manufacturing processes; (4) develop a broad knowledge of paint mediums and exhibit a level of proficiency in the manipulation of wet mediums through practical experimentation; (5) develop an appreciation for global, transdisciplinary practices in painting, as well as analyse and understand painting cross-culturally and in different contexts; and (6) develop research skills and communicate in well developed written arguments.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an illustrated and annotated folio that comprehensively reflects on material trials and workshop learning and (2) a practical studio project that demonstrates proficiency in the paint medium within a sophisticated conceptual framework. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the a practical studio project that demonstrates proficiency in the paint medium within a sophisticated conceptual framework component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jon Tarry
Unit rules
VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording, VISA1051 Art in the Environment, VISA1052 Art of Expression, VISA1054 Art of Drawing
or VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means
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
lectures: 1 hour per week
workshops: 3 hours per week
  • 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.