Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


In this course students will learn the process of designing characters through conceptualisation and iteration. Using imaginative and observational skills students will create a visual narrative around their created character. Students will also produce visual outcomes that visually communicate the character design.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): DESN1111. Students who have successfully completed DESN1111 are not eligible to enrol in DESN1331.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate the ability to render believable characters through a variety of mark making media, styles and techniques

2. Purposefully explore a variety of compositional formats of their character including perspective, foreground, midground, background

3. Create believable characters in a narrative setting

4. Evaluate own work and the work of others through peer assessment and critique

5. Establish drawing practice, process and development


Topics will include:

  1. Representation of characters through the different modalities of line, tone and light source
  2. Holistic and sequential compositional considerations
  3. Translation of observational portraiture into imaginary character creations
  4. How media and aesthetic affect meaning and communication
  5. Analysis of exemplars and precedents from professional practice, history and cultural perspectives


This course replaces DESN1111. if you have successfully completed DESN1111, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Journal: Character sketch book/ visual journal - 30%

Portfolio: Character Concept Design Portfolio - 35%

Portfolio: Character Design Application Portfolio - 35%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 1


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

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.