The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Experimentation and exploration of ideas and technical approaches are emphasised. Students undertake more complex structured projects which refine technical and conceptual competence in the light of contemporary painting practice, introducing them to the development of individual creative attitudes and approaches.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Evaluate advanced practical painting skills and techniques;

2. Research historical, theoretical and contemporary concepts, materials and practices of painting;

3. Execute creative work using an extended range of media, techniques, formats and creative contexts;

4. Effectively develop and present visual research material as an ongoing resource.


Topics may include:

  1. Content, style and technique;
  2. Figurative and non-figurative painting modes;
  3. Investigation and exploration of non-conventional media and grounds;
  4. Consideration of the poetic and literary links with painting concepts;
  5. Research skills and developing a working process and resource usage (notebooks, journals, libraries and galleries);
  6. Critical forums for students own work;
  7. Critical discussion of contemporary issues relating to contemporary art;
  8. Critical discussion on individual student work on choices of relevant material, improving their skill base and general conceptual development;
  9. Health and safety.


To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed 60 units at the 1000 level.

Students must have successfully completed 60 units at 1000 level to enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Journal: Studio Journal - 20%

Project: Project 1 - 30%

Project: Project 2 - 50%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term