Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques to produce paintings

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5234

Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques to produce paintings

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 50.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340T Art


Term1 2010

Course Contact: Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to research and experiment with various techniques and media for the realisation of paintings. It outlines the way paintings are produced through the use of experimentation and ongoing refinement. It is a specialisation unit and refers to a specific art form. This work would usually be carried out independently, although guidance would be available if required.

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 painting courses. Understanding that paint is an expressive medium capable of communicating conceptual and theoretical ideas will underpin the learning in this course. 

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is highly recommended that this unit be assessed in conjunction with:

  • CUVCOR04B Originate concept for own and conduct critical discourse
  • CUVCOR09B Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept
  • CUVCOR13B Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice.

Depending on the context, combined assessment and/or training with a range of other units would also be
appropriate, e.g.:
  • CUVCRS14B Prepare, store and maintain finished work
  • CUVCRS08B Document the work progress.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUVVSP36B Research and experiment with techniques to produce paintings


1. Inform work through experimentation with painting techniques and media

2. Develop and refine a conceptual vision for paintings

3. Determine and organise resources for new work

4. Realise paintings

Learning Outcomes

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

  • lectures
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • studio work.
2. Out-of-class activities include:
  • practical exercises
  • reading articles and excerpts
  • preparing for discussion
  • 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.

By undertaking this course you 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 1painting
  • 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 might include:

  • direct observation of painting in progress, including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • questioning and discussion about your intentions and the work outcome
  • verbal and written reports
  • review of portfolios of evidence.

Assessment is conducted by an ‘assessing panel’ which may comprise teaching staff and practitioners, viewing and responding in writing to a folio of works. You are reminded that you must view the assessment guidelines handed out with each project to become informed of specific requirements.