The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Emphasises contemporary conceptual and creative directions available to drawing practitioners. Students are exposed to and challenged by a series of studio and research-based projects which emphasise the limitations and latent opportunities within established drawing habits and conventional practices.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Further promote studio-based understanding of the history and theory of drawing and its cultural context.

2. Creatively explore experimental and non-conventional materials, processes and applications of drawing.

3. Modify, adapt and expand unquestioned dimensions of drawing practice in a contemporary context.

4. Generate discussion and critical analysis of contemporary trends in drawing across a range of cultures and societies.


Emphasis is placed on the development of individual interpretations and adaptations within a framework of projects and studio-based explorations devoted to various aspects of the syllabus:

  1. Challenges to established practices and cliches;
  2. Definitions, idealisations and principles of contemporary drawing practice.
  3. Individual, collaborative, commissioned and site-specific options;
  4. Alternative exhibition, presentation and installation formats;
  5. Radical possibilities of scale, proportion,
  6. dimension and application of materials and methods;
  7. Concepts of multi-media investigations;
  8. Critical seminars of completed projects;
  9. Compilation of appropriate forms of studio practice documentation;
  10. Relevant health, safety and ethical considerations.


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

Project: Studio Output

Contact hours



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