Visual Arts Research: Introduction to Drawing - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Portfolio (15%) , Portfolio 1 - Presentation 1 (35%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

An exploration of the elements and principles of the visual language of drawing. You are encouraged to develop the formal, conceptual, analytical, experimental and expressive use of drawing. Through set projects you will examine the effectiveness of various visual solutions by testing possibilities and experimenting with a range of appropriate media. You will examine the possibilities of drawing in both two dimensional and three dimensional forms.

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. demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking and imagination to articulate ideas through appropriate forms of drawing
  2. demonstrate effective methods of documentation and presentation of ideas
  3. demonstrate skills in documenting and representing ideas in a variety of forms of drawing
  4. resolve set tasks with a highly developed level of technique and suitable use of materials.
  • Portfolio (15%)
  • Portfolio 1 — Presentation 1 (35%)
  • Portfolio 2 — Presentation 2 (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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

This unit addresses the following topics.

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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.

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