Art Visual Research 1 - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assessment - Folio examination (60%) , Portfolio (40%)

Unit provided by

2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as Visual Arts Research - Drawing A.

This unit is designed to develop skills in the visual arts through processes, techniques and research concepts relevant to contemporary art practice. You will develop research methodologies that will support and strengthen your investigation in contemporary art practice through drawing or other media.

You must supply your own art materials and have access to a scanner and digital camera for documenting your artwork for assessment.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify ways to use art technologies to extend the conceptualisation and production of artwork
  2. demonstrate new approaches to visual research through experimental processes in the making of artworks
  3. propose, test and evaluate new ideas
  4. employ the language of the discipline to communicate own practice.
  • Assessment — Folio examination (60%)
  • Portfolio (40%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

You are recommended to have completed Level 1 or have equivalent knowledge before starting this Level 2 unit.

  • Additional materials — Art/Drawing materials
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Digital Camera and/or Scanner

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Shape and meaning
3Shape accuracy from top-down drawing
5Tonal range and edge control
6Tonal range and the role of the mark making

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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