Course Title: Drawing and Studio Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Drawing and Studio Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


TRN RMIT Training


Term2 2022,
Term1 2023,
Term2 2023,
Term1 2024,
Term2 2024


RMIT University Vietnam


TRN RMIT Training


Viet2 2022,
Viet1 2023,
Viet2 2023,
Viet1 2024

Course Coordinator: Matthew Watts

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399255089

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 5, Building 108

Course Coordinator Availability: 9 AM - 5 PM

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will develop skills, techniques and approaches to processes important for studio practice across a variety of art and design disciplines. This will involve the exploration of a range of observational drawing and mixed media materials and techniques leading to the production of finished artworks and designs. Fundamental elements of art and design, including colour theory, will provide a foundation for the development of creative ideas and the production of finished artworks. Sketching and drawing techniques for design development will be applied to the development process, both in this, and other courses. You will also investigate and analyse art in society and develop a better understanding of academic integrity as it relates to finding inspiration for your own designs.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply the rules of, and expectations for, academic study and assume responsibility for your own actions to work effectively as an individual and/or as a member of a group;
  2. Develop and express ideas through independent reading, the creation of images, and the collection and interpretation of data and information; 
  3. Communicate ideas with clarity, logic, and originality in both spoken and written English;
  4. Construct coherent arguments, narratives or justifications of issues, problems or technical processes when undertaking analytical, practical or creative tasks; and
  5. Use a range of contemporary digital and learning technologies, tools and methods common to the discipline.

 Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Recognise fundamental elements of art and design and their application.
  2. Apply strategies for seeing and develop skills and techniques for the creation of observational and developmental drawings.
  3. Research and analyse art and design in relation to history and culture, and as a source of inspiration for your own work.
  4. Apply a variety of techniques to the creation of designs and communication concepts. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course includes a blend of didactic, active, and collaborative learning activities designed to meet the needs of international students. The course encourages the process of inquiry, application and reflection through student centred learning and teaching activities including practical work in studio environments and laboratories . In doing so, there will be a focus on the development of critical and analytical thinking skills that promote problem solving, independent research skills and group work. Students will develop their technology skills through engagement in formative and summative assessments. The course will maximise the use of the learning management system by incorporating flipped and blended methodologies. This may be complemented by guest lectures, excursions and speakers with discipline specific work life expertise to further connect content to the professional world and generate opportunities for reflective practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available through RMIT’s learning management system,  Canvas. In addition to assessment details and a study schedule, you will also be provided with links to relevant course information, class activities and communication tools. 

Other learning resources are also available online through RMIT Library. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Academic and learning support is provided through Study Success at RMIT Training. The Foundation Studies home group program will also provide support, navigating university systems, advice on living and studying in Melbourne as well as explaining RMIT university policy and procedures.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Weighting
Drawing Folio - Observational Drawings and Sketchbook


Observational Drawings 10%
Sketchbook 10%

Extended Written Response 20%


Mood board 5%
Developmental work 5%
Pattern designs 20%



Developmental work 5%
Visual Narrative 25%