Course Title: Studio and Materials Studies

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: VART5145

Course ID: 020956

Course Title: Studio and Materials Studies

School: 340T Art

Program Code: C5048 - Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts)

Course Contact : Kellyann Geurts

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 96

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

OHTH5322C Follow health, safety and security procedures

Course Description

In this course students develop a range of approaches to artistic problems using differing methods, materials and techniques.

Studio & Material Studies is a compulsory course within the first year of the program. The course enables students to acquire skills in basic design and introduces the Photoshop computer program.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBS655 Studio and Materials Studies

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop a range of production techniques including new and emerging technologies.
2. Integrate cross disciplinary areas of practice.
3. Produce a folio that includes a series of studies that explores preparatory techniques appropriate to major studies.
4. Research a public or community art work project within a given project brief.

Overview of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

Studio and Materials introduces students to the principles and elements of basic design in both traditional art practice and using computer-generated imagery (Photoshop program).
Course delivery is in the form of :
•    Lectures and practical demonstrations
•    Studio practice
•    Tutorial discussions
•    Class discussions
•    Individual tuition

Teaching Schedule

Students are presented with three ‘Workshops’ and three ‘Projects’ for each semester.
Tasks range from traditional collage making and producing colour theory samples in acrylic, to computer based imagery using the ‘Photoshop’ computer program.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Arnhein, Rudolf.     ‘Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye’.
Itten, Johannes.     ‘The Elements of Colour’

Lauer, David A.     
Pentak, Stephen    ‘Design Basics’

Weinmann, Elaine     
Lourekas, Peter     ‘Photoshop CS2’- Visual Quickstart Guide

Overview of Assessment

Folio presentation marked by a panel, with written response.

Assessment Tasks

A folio is presented at the end of semester one. The workshops are assessed in digital form by the Studio teacher and the projects are marked by a panel.
Students who complete a satisfactory first semester’s ‘Studio and Materials’ folio will receive a PX (Pass).
Students who fail to satisfactorily complete semester 1 will submit the entire folio for the semester 2 assessment.
A final graded mark for ‘Studio and Materials’ will be given at the end of semester two.

An overall written response is including in the assessment under the headings of ‘Conceptual/Critical skills’, Technical Skills, and ‘Studio Practice & Personal Objectives’.

Assessment Criteria:
i.     Working within the parameters of each Workshop and Project ‘Brief’ and ‘Aim’
ii.    Understanding and application of various basic design principles
iii.   Understanding and application of various Photoshop techniques
iv.   Development of ideas suitable to a Visual Art context
v.    Completion of all Workshops and Projects
vi.   The degree of class participation with the Project.

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