Course Title: Investigate painting materials and processes

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5348 Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Title: Investigate painting materials and processes

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 70

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340T Art


Term1 2017

Course Contact: Phillip Allan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4030

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to research and explore a range of painting materials and processes to develop an individual professional style.

It applies to visual artists who integrate the use of those different materials and processes explored, to realise a body of creative work. 

The course requires you to gain a strong understanding of painting application and processes.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes


1. Research painting materials and processes

2. Select painting materials and processes for exploration

3. Integrate painting materials and processes into own work

4. Manage painting materials

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have evidence of the ability to:

  • research the properties, capabilities and use of an extensive range of painting materials to inform own work practice
  • create a coherent body of painting work which demonstrates:
  • new or refined ways of working with materials through a process of experimentation
  • technical proficiency in the use of selected materials and processes
  • integration of materials and processes into own style
  • use of safe and sustainable work practices.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:

  • equipment, tools and materials used to produce paintings
  • information sources.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.