Course Title: Realise thematically connected paintings

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5238

Course Title: Realise thematically connected paintings

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 150.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340T Art



Bundoora Campus


340T Art


Course Contact: Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this course you will be involved in an ongoing investigation of what painting might be. This will build on technical and conceptual knowledge already gained in the first year of the Diploma of visual Art. Understanding that paint is an expressive medium capable of communicating conceptual and theoretical ideas will underpin the learning in this course. The expanded field of painting will be examined as you will be supported to take their ideas across mediums. Some workshops are introduced to develop specialist skills required to implement individual concepts. You consolidate a research approach to the application of existing, new and emerging methods and technologies.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU027 Realise thematically connected paintings


1 Prepare project work plan

2 Determine, organise and maintain resources for a thematically connected paintings

3 Realise thematically connected paintings

4 Present/exhibit paintings

5 Evaluate own work

Learning Outcomes

You will learn how to place your own work in a broader societal context, this may include the contemporary, historical, social and the political. Development of a strongly personal visual language will be encouraged. Issues currently pertaining to painting are discussed and expanded and therefore you are encouraged to develop informed viewpoints that assist your personal research.

By undertaking this course students will develop:

  • An informed folio, based around painting practice, which clearly demonstrates appropriate use of materials and techniques well beyond the level established in Year 1 Painting.
  • Sources which clearly demonstrate the development, and establishment of, personal philosophical paths. This should be apparent in all major works, research materials, exploratory works and journals.
  • An awareness of particular cultural contexts within the work, based on documented evidence of research processes.
  • Idea streams and an understanding of the relationship these have to invention and improvisation.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge and skills and might include:

  • Direct observation of paintings in progress, including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding and candidate’s intentions and work outcome
  • Third-party reports from experienced practitioners.
  • Completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback from relevant others.
During this course you will undertake one (1) self-directed individual project. A project proposal document will be formed and this document will outline the student’s practical and theoretical intent for their self-directed painting project.
The use of paint in the broadest context (or form) may be the main focus of studio investigations. Materials not historically associated with painting practice may be utilised, but all work should be informed by an awareness of what  contemporary painting might be, or what painting has been historically.