Course Title: Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: VART6310C

Course Title: Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6128 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Cabraja and Fay Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

.Jennifer Mills & Carolyn Eskdalle,

Nominal Hours: 60

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 extend skills with drawing and other forms of visual representation to develop a personal approach or style suited to the individual’s professional practice. This course allows you to combine your specialisation area with drawing as a focal point.

Creative practitioners working independently apply the skills and knowledge in this course. You will draw on high-level cognitive and creative skills to evolve and refine personalised approaches to visual representation to support their professional practice. This course is self-directed.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD601A Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools


1. Evolve technical skills and other visual representation tools

Performance Criteria:


1.1. Use a range of research techniques  to source information about creativity

1.2. Identify and explore potential new , emerging and alternative sources of ideas and thinking  about creativity

1.3. Expand own knowledge and understanding of creativity through review and critical analysis  of information

1.4. Analyse, compare and contrast a range of theoretical perspectives and thinking  on creativity

1.5. Identify and explore the transmigration of creative thought to innovative output


2. Refine drawing and representational skills as visual-thinking tools

Performance Criteria:


2.1. Evaluate the relevance and application of different theories and practices of creativity based on analysis of own work and life experience 

2.2. Analyse the ways in which different aspects of history, theory and other influences are applied, adapted or challenged in practice

2.3. Assess the ways in which theories, thinking and practices about creativity may be applied that provide benefits to individuals , businesses and the community 


3. Develop personalised style to support professional practice

Performance Criteria:


3.1. Take a critical approach to different theories and reflect on own ideas and responses

3.2. Develop own substantiated positions  in response to research and analysis

3.3. Articulate own positions in a manner which demonstrates clarity of thought and conceptual understanding  of different theories and thinking

3.4. Debate own positions on creativity showing belief in own ideas and a willingness to remain open to new perspectives

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

.In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• lectures
• teacher directed studio activities/projects
• studio 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
• independent research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentTaskElements


ppt contemporary drawing practices
ppt visual diary-approaches

project 1 – Space / environment
1.3, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3
2Project 1 – Space / environmentstudio research1, 2, 3.
3Project 1 – Space / environmentstudio research1, 2, 3
4Project 2 – Narrative

Presentation/peer review of Project 1

Studio research

1, 2, 3
5Project 2 – Narrative

Studio research

1, 2, 3
6Project 2 – NarrativeStudio research

1, 2, 3
7Project 3 – Colour/Pattern/Movement

Presentation/peer review of project 2 – Narrative

Studio research

1, 2, 3
8Project 3 – Colour/Pattern/MovementStudio research1, 2, 3
9Project 3 – Colour/Pattern/MovementStudio research1, 2, 3
10Project 3 – Colour/Pattern/MovementStudio research1, 2, 3
11Studio-based research projectStudio research1, 2, 3
12Studio-based research projectStudio research1, 2, 3
13Studio-based research projectStudio research1, 2, 3
14Studio-based research projectStudio research1, 2, 3
15Studio-based research projectStudio research1, 2, 3
16Assessment preparationStudio set-up1, 2, 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


.New, Jennifer, Drawing from life:The journal as art, Princeton Uni Press, 2005
Garrett, C., Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing, 2013, Phaidon.

Other Resources

Library Subject Guides: Drawing

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

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 a studio.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Folio of Studio based work which includes:
• 3 “finished” drawings and all research/support from class projects (Space, Narrative and Colour)
• 3 “finished’ drawings and all research/support material
• Visual diary


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.

These are available through the course contact in Program Manager.

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