Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

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.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

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 images

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 – Observational drawing- 35%

Project: Project 2 – Composition drawing- 35%

Project: Project 3 – Representational drawing - 30%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 2

Weeks 2,3,4,5


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 1

Week 1-7


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks starting in week 9


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

Weeks 6-8 and 10-12

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.