The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Introduces the use of drawing as a communication tool. Emphasis is placed on an awareness of the design process and developing skills in visual problem solving, observation, interpretation, learning to use visual language and visual research methodology.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Communicate ideas effectively through drawing

2. Demonstrate and implement an understanding of visualisation skills appropriate to the design process

3. Carry out individual visual research

4. Analyse visual image

5. Demonstrate visual understanding of form, proportion and structure


The ability to communicate ideas, visualise concepts and understand form, proportion and structure are essential visual skills for a designer.

The development of drawing skills and knowledge informs and enhances students' abilities to think laterally. Critical analysis, communication of ideas, problem solving and visual research are developed through drawing projects using both traditional and digital technologies.

Topics may include:

  1. Visual symbols
  2. Sketching techniques
  3. Observation skills and analysis
  4. The elements and principles of design.
  5. Geometry, perspective, light, form and shadow
  6. Anatomical drawing skills

Assessment items

Project: Project 1 – Observation drawing- 35%

Project: Project 2 – Composition drawing- 35%

Project: Project 3 – Representational drawing - 30%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1