VISA2273 Art of Drawing—Advanced

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 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 2 elective
This unit introduces students to 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. Students demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively in spatial and visual or pictorial contexts and engage in recording 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.

This unit is transdisciplinary in that it makes critical external references to fields which may include architecture, engineering, music, performance and the sciences. The traditional working methodology and techniques of drawing are applied to inform and extend contemporary modes of practice which may investigate performance, socially engaged practice, contemporary graphic modes of virtual representation such as digital image scanning, data-scaping, and computer-generated work.
Students are able to (1) develop and apply refined skills and knowledge of drawing as a vital device of the artist /performer; (2) engage directly in the practice of creative research and recording using their own work, refined methodology in the soundly researched context of contemporary drawing in the expanded field; and (3) soundly demonstrate and present their 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
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; ARLA1000 Design Studio: Groundings (formerly IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals); ARLA1040 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 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
up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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