Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6360C

Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5348 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Phillip Allan

Course Contact Phone: 99254030

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jennifer Mills    

Kathleen McCann

Sharon West

Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will develop skills and knowledge required to use drawing skills and other visual representation tools to develop, refine and communicate ideas for creative work. The focus of the course is on identifying, developing and refining drawing and visual representation as cognitive tools in a professional practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAACD501 Refine drawing and other visual representation tools


1. Evaluate the role of drawing in professional practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Investigate drawing and other visual communication devices, ideas and problem-solving tools for professional practice 1.2 Evaluate how different practitioners use different tools and make links to own work 1.3 Examine and challenge own barriers to drawing 1.4 Determine the ways in which drawing and other visual representation tools could be used to support own practice


2. Support practice through experimentation with drawing and visual representation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Establish and follow safe work practices for selected techniques 2.2 Generate and develop ideas through the use of different materials and techniques 2.3 Consider the presentation situation when selecting techniques, tools and materials 2.4 Create variety in compositions and spatial fields using visual elements 2.5 Experiment with techniques and mixed media to produce single and multi-colour visuals 2.6 Compare and contrast the value of electronic and hand drawing for specific purposes


3. Develop individual approach to use of drawing

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate the success of completed drawings in communicating ideas 3.2 Evaluate the process of drawing and visual representation as a professional practice tool 3.3 Determine the value and place of drawing and visual representation in own practice based on experimentation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas linked to your elective practices.

Details of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a studio. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will be expected to make use of the library resources.

In this course, you learn through:

1.  In-class activities:

  •         teacher directed group activities/projects
  •         class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  •         peer teaching and class presentations
  •         group discussion
  •         studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  •         practical exercises
  •         reading articles and excerpts
  •         preparing for discussion
  •        project work

Teaching Schedule

Week Class content Task / Assessment due dates Elements
1No classes  
Introduction : Drawing Powerpoint
Charcoal: Drawing paper bags
Beginning easel drawing using line and tone to represent basic multiple objects 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
Charcoal: Shapes and space - ChairsExercises identifying shape, outline, and positive & negative space 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,  2.1, 2.3
Charcoal: Line & Tone - White sheet over chairIdentifying the representation of form using tonal transitions 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,  2.1, 2.3
Charcoal: Composition - White tin objectsUsing line & tone to produce a selected view from a large collection of objects 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,  2.1, 2.3, 2.4 
 No classes  
Charcoal: Rub back 1 – ceramic objectsIdentify the technique of producing a rub back drawing 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

8 Tutorial  week

Charcoal/Pastel/Conte: Rub back 2 – dark still life objectsApplying the technique from the previous week with a  broader tonal range using ‘black’ and white pastel  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
 Pencil: Structure - Tricycles Identifying a structural approach to drawing  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
10 Pencil, mixed media:  Perspective - boxesIdentifying the basic principles of perspective  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
11 No classes  
12 Ink washes - glass bottlesIdentifying the techniques in the use of ink with opaque,  transparent and translucent objects. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 
13 Ink marks - potted plants  and vases

Explore pen and wash and gestural mark making

 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 
14Pastels: Colour 1 - fruit and  vegetables Use of coloured pastels in complementary colour
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
15Pastels: Colour 2 - fruit and objects

Use of coloured pastels to represent  objects with a wide range of hues, values and saturations

 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

Mixed media with a range of limited colour materials

Mixed media: applying a build up of materials to represent a variety of images and objects  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4,  2.5
17 Assessment week  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Kaupelis, Robert. Experimental Drawing, 30th Anniversary Edition: 

Dexter, Emma. Vitamin D2 : New Perspectives in Drawing

Betti, Claudia & Sale, Teel. Drawing: A Contemporary Approach

Stout, Katharine. Contemporary Drawing: From the 1960s to Now

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in the drawing studio.

Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • Practical tasks, a major project and a short test
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
  • Completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence.

Assessment is based on your ability to undertake the following:

  • Use the process of drawing and visual representation to support professional activities in art and design practice
  • Apply a broad range of drawing techniques.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

 Assessment task Content/requirements

 Evidence of the ability to:

 Use the process of drawing and visual representation to

 support professional activities in art and design practice

 Apply a broad range of drawing techniques


 Semester 1: Present a 'progress folio' containing:

  • 8 resolved drawings
  • Sketches & backup
  • Visual diary


 'Satisfactory' or 'Not Satisfactory' result at the end of Semester 1.

 A Semester 1 'progress' result is not a final grade for a year long course.

 Semester 2: Present a folio containing:

  • 6 resolved drawings
  • all works from the 'Process to Find' project
  • sketches and backup drawings
  • Visual diary

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work.  This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1 (unresolved);

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