Available in 2018

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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Communicate ideas effectively through drawing

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

3. Demonstrate an ability to carry out individual visual research

4. Be able to 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. Visual problem solving

4. Observation skills

5. Objective analysis

6. Visual research and sourcing

7. The elements and principles of design

8. Geometry and perspective

9. Light, form, shadow

10. Linear and constructive approaches to creature anatomy

Assessment items

Project: Project 1 - Documenting Place: linear perspective (35%)

Project: Project 2 - Still life: form, proportion, light and tone (35%)

Project: Project 3 - Linear and Constructive drawing project: mapping anatomy (30%)

Contact hours



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


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term