Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics
    • Shape
    • Shape and meaning
    • Shape accuracy from top-down drawing
    • Tone
    • Tonal range and edge control
    • Tonal range and the role of mark making
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(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 subject.

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -
    • Additional materials — Art/Drawing materials
    • Other special requirement — Digital Camera and/or Scanner

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

This subject 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.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Assignment 1 - Portfolio (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Folio examination (60%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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