The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Drawing is an essential visual communication tool for graphic designers, illustrators, animators and those in the visual storytelling industry. This course builds upon and applies established theories and practices of drawing and digital forms of image making as an essential skill for visual communication. Through project work students link theory and visual research to knowledge and practical skills including materials, media, drawing techniques and digital platforms of delivery.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the essential requirements in making sequential drawings and imagery for visual narratives

2. Demonstrate an ability to select appropriate drawing systems, styles, techniques and platforms of dissemination in context of the narrative

3. Show critical thinking and evaluation through pre-visualisation and storyboarding

4. Exhibit technical capabilities in the use of relevant materials, technology and software

5. Display an awareness of new technologies relevant to visual communication drawing

6. Prepare and present the results of research as it relates to drawing practice

7. Present an understanding of terminology used to articulate aspects of drawing and visual narrative in different industry contexts


Understanding the representation of place and space provides a solid theoretical and practical basis upon which to build knowledge of drawing systems, styles and techniques.  Students undertake visual exercises and narrative design projects to apply theoretical knowledge to practical skills with a variety of media and techniques.

  1. Application of perspective, body language, and tone to create dynamic imagery and convey mood and emotion
  2. Experimentation and the exploration of a range of media and drawing instruments
  3. Introduction to the impact of new technology
  4. Research and referencing visual resource material
  5. Investigation and analysis of essential drawing systems and techniques
  6. Develop compositional design and conceptualise scenes
  7. The language of drawing

Assessment items

Project: Project 1: Visual narrative style guide and storyboard - 50%

Project: Project 2: Project and presentation - 50%

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