Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: VART6219C

Course Title: Refine drawing and other visual representation tools

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact : Phillip Allan

Course Contact Phone: 99254030

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Phillip Allan

Jennifer Mills

Teacher: Caroline Eskdale

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:

CUVACD501A Refine drawing and other visual representation tools


1. Evaluate the role of drawing in professional practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore drawing and other visual communication devices as
research, ideas and problem-solving tools for professional
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 Initiate, develop and evolve ideas through the use of
different materials and techniques
2.2 Consider the presentation context in selecting techniques,
tools and materials
2.3 Create variety in compositional formats and spatial fields
through use of visual elements
2.4 Experiment with techniques to produce single and
multi-colour visuals
2.5 Select and use multimedia approaches to visualising
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 completed drawings in terms of their success 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

You will be presented with a series of weekly still life set ups where the drawings address both the objects presented, the materials used, and the techniques applied.

In this course, you learn through:
1.  In-class activities:

  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • practical exercises
  • 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

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class

WeekCourse content
Task / Assessment due dates
1No classAll assignments, projects and studio work will be required to be submitted in a folio at the end of semester: November 4 - 9 
2Animal Series 1: Pigs headsRepresentation of pigs heads and the interpretation of the subject matter1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
3Animal Series 2 : Animal bones

Semester 2 : Drawing Powerpoint

Representation of the shapes and texture of animal bones 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
4Animal Series 3: Plastic animalsExplore scale, selection and narrative from groups of small plastic animals2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
5Discarded objects 1:TV sets – mixed mediaExploration of mixed media (wet and/or dry) to the interpretation of the kinetic and inert subject matter2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
6Discarded objects 2: Detritus ProjectExploration of gouache and the interpretation of personally chosen subject matter2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
7Working with paper 1: Collage Still LifeExploration of image making based on magazine paper & gouache2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
8Working with paper 2: Phone book textExploration of image making based on the limitations of a text and limited imagery telephone book2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
9Narrative drawing
Tutorial week
Development of sketches based on own living environment.2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
10Botanical gardens 1: Visual diary drawing
(no photography)
Due to weather condition this activity could be moved to a later time
Identifying techniques in the gathering of sketch information with the intention of producing a ‘studio’ drawing 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
11Botanical gardens 2: Studio drawingIdentifying techniques in the production of a ‘major’ drawingbased on the previous weeks sketch studies2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
12Process to Find 1:
Self directed project: Initial sketches
Exploration of a series of drawings based on selected objects
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6. 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
13Process to Find 2:
Self directed project: Development drawings
Producing developmental drawings based on the previous week’s drawings2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6. 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Process to Find 3:
Self directed project: Final drawing(s)

End of 13 week delivery

Producing a major drawing(s) based on developments from the previous two weeks 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6. 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
15No class  
16No class  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Kaupelis, Robert  ‘Experimental Drawing’

Dexter, Emma  ‘Vitamin D:New Perspectives in Drawing’

Betti, Claudia & Sale, Teel ‘Drawing: A Contemporary Approach’

Other Resources

Suggested web sites for visual diary research:
• (contemporary photography)

• (links to a wide range of Melbourne galleries)
• (Flinders Lane Gallery)



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

Semester 2 Assessment
(assuming a ‘satisfactory’ in semester 1):
Present a 13 week folio containing:
•6 resolved drawings
•All works from the ‘Process to Find’ project
•Sketches & backup drawings
•Visual Diary tasks


The Semester 2 assessment requirements assume a ‘satisfactory’ result in Semester 1. For some students extra drawings from Semester 2 are required.

All three weeks of activity in the ‘Process to Find’ project need to be presented regardless of attendance.

All drawings should be sprayed, to minimise smudging, and stored flat.
Drawings presented rolled up or folded at tutorial/assessment will not be accepted.

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 continual verbal feedback, including tutorial week, by teacher on your work.  This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


Attendance is essential to complete the recommended number of resolved drawings. Semester 2 is comprised still life setups, student directed subject matter and a three week Project: ’Process to Find’.

An absence from a still life set-up cannot be covered by drawing similar subject matter elsewhere, or working from photographs.

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

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;

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