Course Title: Drawing Studio 1A1 Studio Based Visual Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Drawing Studio 1A1 Studio Based Visual Research

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008

Course Coordinator: Dr Irene Barberis; Godwin Bradbeer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1238; +61 3 9925 53

Course Coordinator;

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 2.B.4

Course Coordinator Availability: Via email or by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The Course offers a structured program of drawing from the human subject male and female clothed and unclothed. The Course also engages modes of describing the subject within varying spatial contexts. Technical and formal conventions of drawing will be discussed and demonstrated and expressive aspects of practice will be critiqued. Students are required to initiate and sustain a personal body of art research additional to the life drawing component. All aspects of study should be comprehended within a historical and a contemporary art context.

Work Integrated Learning is incorporated within the Course by a regular program of group and individual critiques in conjunction with the viewing of public exhibitions and regular exposure and involvement with international arts practitioners through Metasenta, projects within The Drawing Space and the international Artist in Residence Program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Development of observational drawing skills framed within a contemporary art context. 

By the completion of the program students are expected to be able to make credible descriptions of the human subject utilising conventional drawing modes. Students should also have the capacity to initiate a personal imagery that can be contextualized within contemporary art practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

A life drawing class will be conducted within a group context in the morning. Individual and group tutorials will be conducted in the afternoon.

Overview of Learning Resources

Studio facilities available for all activities. Students must supply own materials. RMIT library facilities recommended, no specific text books required.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is by folio submission. Assessment will be conducted by a panel of Drawing staff that includes the lecturer of the Course and the Course Coordinator of the Drawing Studio. Assessment feedback is provided in the form of a written report reflecting the key strengths within the folio.