Course Title: Work with the human form in creative practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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

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

Your learning activities will take place in a studio. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

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

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

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • practical exercises
  • project work
  • independent research

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 needs and availability of speakers and resources.

<thead> <th scope="col"> Week</th> <th scope="col">Course content </th> <th scope="col"> Task / Assessment due dates</th> <th scope="col"> Elements</th> </thead>
 1 Introduction with ‘Powerpoint’ and basic issues. Each week one or more of the 4x 20 minute sessions will focus on a variety of tasksA folio of work that is created during the semester will be presented during week 16

 2 Weekly studio based practice based on student contracts

Teacher based Project drawing(s)

Weekly studio based practice divided into four segments

 3 Basic issues focusing on perception exercises and short pose times 1, 2
 4 Focus on heads and hands 1, 2
 5 Focus on heads and hands and long poses studies 1, 2
 6 Long pose tonal focus using charcoal rub back technique 1, 2
 7 Long pose tonal focus using charcoal and pastels 1, 2
 8 Tutorial week with ‘open’ class 2
 9 Pencil studies 1, 2
 10 Short pose gestural mark making using ink 2
 11 Long pose study using ink in tonal steps 2
 12 Long pose using ink and conte 2
 13 Coloured pastel focus 2
 14 Moving Sequence
Short reclining poses and foreshortening
 15 Basic issues focusing on perception exercises and short pose times 2
 16 Assessment and folio presentation 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios. You will be expected to make use of the library 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

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.

Assessment task
Evidence of the ability to produce a series of drawings that:

  • show a command of selected techniques
  • successfully communicate the required ideas

Folio of 7 drawings and visual diary

Due date
Semester 1 assessment

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.
Graded assessment applies for courses within the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts.

Grade CHD
Outline Competent with high distinction
Grading 80 - 100
Criteria Highly developed

Grade CDI
Outline Competent with distinction
Grading 70 - 79
Criteria Well developed

Grade CC
Outline Competent with credit
Grading 60 - 69
Criteria Developed

Grade CAG
Outline Competent achieved - graded
Grading 50 - 59
Criteria Sound

Grade NYC
Outline Not Yet Competent

Grade DNS
Outline Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment tasks with the relevant Unit of competency. These are available through the course contract in Program Administration.

Other Information

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy. (unresolved)

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.
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