Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This foundation experience introduces students to the core skills required to construct expressive images in a range of media. Students will explore line, shade, tone, shape, texture and form, also experimenting with perspective and scale, to develop basic skills in drawing composition and the application of colour. The course embraces contemporary art practice and introduces students to the theoretical and conceptual dimensions of image making processes.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Employ an introductory range of skills in drawing, composition and colour application;

2. Apply creative engagement in experimenting with drawing, composition and colour techniques;

3. Identify the theoretical and conceptual contexts of contemporary image construction;

4. Apply the basic technical, theoretical and conceptual principles of image construction;

5. Execute a resolved artwork.


Content will include:

  • Introduction to basic materials and processes used in drawing and painting.
  • Thinking in two dimensions: the elements and principles of two-dimensional art making
  • Introduction to the historical, theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of contemporary drawing and painting.
  • Understanding of how to execute a basic resolved artwork.
  • An awareness of safe and responsible work practices.

Assessment items

Project: Project 1: Studio Production and Projects 40%

Journal: Journal A: Studio Journal/Research 10%

Project: Project 2: Studio Production and Projects 40%

Journal: Journal B: Studio Journal/Research 10%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks

Weeks 1 and 7


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 2

Weeks 2-6 and Weeks 8-12

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.