Visual Art Fundamentals


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 - 2017


  • 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 that are, as far as possible, integrated with the studio activities, will be selected from:

  1. An introduction to art history from antiquity to early 20 century art, including major approaches in Western Art;
  2. An introduction to research techniques: development of Visual Art Research Journal;
  3. An introduction to artwork/exhibition analysis.

ᅠStudio topics will be selected from:

  1. Introduction to themes and techniques in painting and drawing;
  2. ᅠCritical observation and research methods;
  3. ᅠBasic application of 2-D art materials;
  4. ᅠExploration of 3-D modelling and/or construction;
  5. ᅠIntroduction to colour theory, basic design principles and composition;
  6. ᅠExhibition 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

Report: Excursion Report

Journal: Visual Art Rsearch Journal

Portfolio: Final Portfolio

Report: Research Report

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