Visual Art 1


The course introduces a wide variety of approaches leading to a substantial and varied portfolio of work, suitable as preparation for art and design studies at university level. Studio space restricts the class size. Class work includes: exercises and discussions to extend creative and personal expression; development of observational and technical skills through different media is reinforced by independent studies and home projects. Thematic approaches, inter-media experiments, exhibition preparation and presentation are explored; visits to art galleries provide insights into current art practice. An understanding of the language of art criticism and research methods will be provided.



  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017


  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. To establish basic practical skills, techniques and approaches.

2. To investigate concepts, materials and applications within a contemporary framework related to the history and theories of art.

3. To expand further the sources of visual research material and the development of independent study skills.

4. To extend relevant fieldwork practices.


History/Theory topics, which are, as far as possible, integrated with the studio activities, will be selected from:

  1. A brief introduction to art history from antiquity to early 20th century art.
  2. Major approaches in Western art, which embody the ideas of Surrealism, Modernism, Pop Art, Expressionism and Abstraction.
  3. Contemporary attitudes in art and culture.
  4. An introduction to art gallery practices

Studio Topics will be selected from:

  1. Introduction to themes and concepts in painting and drawing.
  2. Critical observation and research methods.
  3. Basic technology of paint and art materials.
  4. Introduction to colour theory, basic design principles and composition.
  5. 3-D forming and construction techniques and selected ceramic processes.
  6. Exhibition organisation and presentation skills.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment Items

Quiz: Excursion Questionnaire

Report: Excursion Report

Journal: Visual Diary

Portfolio: Final Portfolio

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks