Course Title: Work with the human form in creative practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2016

Course Code: VART6315C

Course Title: Work with the human form in creative practice

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 Eskdale

Nominal Hours: 50

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 produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas. At this level, you would take some responsibility for experimentation with a range of drawing techniques and be expected to show some command of those techniques.

Many artists and designers work with the human form in their practice. This could be through two-dimensional (2-D) work like sketching, figure drawing or painting for a range of artistic or functional purposes, or through three-dimensional (3-D) work in areas, such as modelling, sculpture, ceramics and glass. Creative work may or may not be a direct representation of the human form.

At this level, the practitioner works independently with mentoring and guidance as required.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD505A Work with the human form in creative practice


1. Research the human form

Performance Criteria:


1.1 Source information and ideas  about the representation and use of the human form  in creative practice

1.2 Investigate aspects of human physiology and anatomy  relevant to own practice

1.3 Analyse and distil relevant ideas and information  from research

1.4 Develop and refine informed ideas about the use of the human form in creative work


2. Visually represent the human form

Performance Criteria:


2.1 Adapt ideas and knowledge about the human form for integration into a coherent body of work 

2.2 Experiment with different media and techniques to represent different aspects of the human form or reflect ideas about the human form

2.3 Identify and resolve technical problems  based on developing expertise

2.4 Challenge and adapt ways to represent or use the human form to develop own style


3. Evaluate own work

Performance Criteria:


3.1 Evaluate development of own work with others and seek feedback

3.2 Reflect on the particular ways that experimentation with the human form has informed own practice

3.3 Identify ways in which technique may be further developed  as part of professional practice and build ideas into future work

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have completed

  • A selection of drawings that explore mark making and techniques
  • A select of drawings that use experimentation with materials and tools
  • Understanding of OH&S processes in a studio environment

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Extended drawing process and the relevant OH&S.
  • Determine and organise resource requirements for new work
  • Develop research and refine a conceptual vision through the production of drawings

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• Peer teaching and class presentations
• Group discussion
• Studio work
2. Out-of-class activities include:
• Preparing for presentation
• Project work
• Independent research
• Visiting galleries

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass ContentTasksElements
1Introduction to course

The human form in contemporary art

Model/life drawing

3Model/life drawing 1/2
4Project 1 – Introduction
Workshop “Rob McHaffie”
Project brief 1: “The individual in society”
independent research1/2
5Workshop: Anatomy 1/2
6Model/life drawing
Anatomical juxtaposition
7Model/life drawing
2 dancers/performers
Mid Semester Break
8Model/life drawing
3D modelled form part 1
3D modelled form
part 3- collage/drawing
10Workshop: 3D modelled form
part 3- collage/drawing
11Museum –Mind & body excursion 1/2/3
12Project –research/developmentConcept development1/2/3
13Project –research/development 1/2/3
14Project –research/development 1/2/3
15Project –research/developmentprepare presentations1/2/3
16Project presentation/peer critpresentation/peer crit1/2/3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit galleries 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

Assessment Title: Folio-workshop drawings

Due: W18

Assessment title: Individual in society individual research project.

Due: W18

Assessment Title: Visual Diary

Due: W18

Graded assessment applies for courses within the Diploma of Visual Arts.

Grade             Outline Grading                                                Criteria (see table below)
CHD               Competent with high distinction 80 - 100         Highly developed
CDI                 Competent with distinction 70 - 79                  Well developed
CC                  Competent with credit 60 - 69                         Developed
CAG               Competent achieved - graded 50 - 59             Sound
NYC               Not Yet Competent
DNS               Did not submit for assessment

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 Administration.

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