Course Title: Visual Arts

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 034503

Course Title: Visual Arts

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Arda Culpan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7854

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.3.09

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not Applicable

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore and extend their conceptual and technical skills in designing and creating visual art works. Students are to design an arts project specific to their own area of interest. For example, they may choose from a range of visual media including drawing, painting, collage, print making and various forms of three dimensional construction, traditional modes of mixed media, photographic or electronic media. Students have the opportunity to extend the traditional boundaries of visual art by integrating information communication technologies with the creative and presentation aspects of their artwork. For example, students may choose to explore possibilities of incorporating concepts of sound, movement and film with visual art. An important feature of this course is the focus on promoting students’ independent and collaborative learning skills in choosing and exploring various art concepts and techniques. Students will be encouraged to set their own creative tasks, including topics and techniques and to develop appropriate creative problem-solving strategies in identifying the most effective means of realizing their creative vision as well as presenting their completed work to their class peers.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Creative Problem-solvers: Teaching as Inquiry

•Explore and interpret a range of purposes, thinking and action.
•Employ reasoning through reframing practice.
•Explore and incorporate a diversity of cultural experiences in solving problems.
•Incorporate an understanding of the integrated nature of learning.

Communicative Competencies:

•Actively listen and participate in ‘learning conversations’.
•Collaborate in and share decision-making with others.
•Communicate effectively in a variety of modes (verbal, non verbal, graphic, electronic, written).

Critical reflective:

•Critically reflect on planning in action, on action.
•Articulate and critically reflect on learning from experiences.
•Employ and generate conceptual frameworks and relate these to similar and dissimilar contexts.
•Use critical reflection to inform and improve future practice.

Lifelong Learners:

•Apply the principles of learning and cultivate the capacity to learn within themselves and others.
•Engage critically with content and be adept in ways of accessing information.
•Reflect on, link and apply theory to everyday life.
•Generate own theories based on experience and reflection.
•Strengthen their teaching practice in reasoned, creative and problem-solving ways by drawing on existing knowledge, skills and experience, keeping abreast and adapting to new findings, ideas and theories.

At the completion of the course students will be expected to be able to:

•demonstrate an understanding of basic art concepts, and techniques with an emphasis on creativity
•illustrate and record a growth in their knowledge of the key elements and principles of art and knowledge of selected past and/or present visual artists
•reflect an ability to work at both independent and collaborative group levels
•show an ability to link the use of traditional visual art mediums and techniques with information communication technologies in either the creation or presentation of their work.
•Make connections and distinctions between various visual art concepts and processes.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a series of practical studio based working sessions, gallery visits and computer laboratory sessions. First, these will focus on extending students’ knowledge in the key art concepts, including creativity and creative problem-solving. Secondly, on extending students’ skills and confidence in working with selected art mediums, techniques. Thirdly, on encouraging students to make connections between their own work and the work of past and/or present visual artists. Students will then work in either independent or class mode to develop an art work in accordance with their choice of mediums, techniques and topics. The choice may involve either working at an individual level on a specifically devised art project or in a collaborative peer situation with one or more class members.

Overview of Learning Resources

Relevant resources will be distributed during class.

Overview of Assessment

Task 1: Project Proposal Hurdle Task to be presented in class in a collaborative learning context.
Due Week 4
Task 2: Progress Report (presented in class) Hurdle Task to be presented in class in a collaborative learning context.
Due Week 8

Task 2: Artwork: Students will design and create an artwork in accordance with their project proposal and their preferred medium/s with accompanying techniques. This artwork may be of a traditional two or three-dimensional nature or it may reflect a multi media approach to visual art by incorporating, photography and/or computer technology mediums and techniques in both the creation and the presentation of the work.
Due: Week 12. - 60%

Alternative to Task 2- Students may devise a visual art education research topic and negotiate a written research project topic of 4,000 words, equivalent with their lecturer. In this instance a written proposal, progress report and class presentation requirements remain the same as those noted for a practical visual art project.

Task 3: Reflective Response: Visual art journal and class presentation. Students are to keep either an A4 size hard copy or an electronic mode visual arts journal recording their journey in creative problem solving relative to the initial creative impulse through to the completion of the task. The journal is to reflect the student’s capacity to reflect upon and critically evaluate their ideas, working and research processes. The class presentation will involve showing an electronic version of the journal during presentation sessions at the completion of the semester as negotiated with the lecturer.
(Students will be guided in devising the most appropriate journal presentation format for their selected art form and medium).
Due: In weeks 10, 11 or 12 in accordance with schedule negotiated in week – 40%