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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

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.

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

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).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Fine Arts consumables (estimated cost - $75-$350).
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  • 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.