Course handbook


The course introduces a wide variety of approaches leading to a substantial and varied portfolio of work, suitable as preparation for art and design studies at university level. Studio space restricts the class size. Class work includes: exercises and discussions to extend creative and personal expression; development of observational and technical skills through different media, reinforced by independent studies and home projects. Thematic approaches, inter-media experiments, exhibition preparation and presentation are explored; visits to art galleries provide insights into current art practice. An introduction to the language of art criticism and research methods will be provided.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate basic practical skills, techniques and approaches to artmaking;

2. Create meaningful links between concepts and materials within a contemporary framework, relating to the history and theories of art;

3. Apply such meaningful links to their artmaking;

4. Demonstrate skills in academic writing and research

5. Independently explore sources of visual research material and apply study skills.


History/theory topics that are, as far as possible, integrated with the studio activities, will be selected from:

  1. An introduction to art history from antiquity to early 20 century art, including major approaches in Western Art;
  2. An introduction to research techniques: development of Visual Art Research Journal;
  3. An introduction to artwork/exhibition analysis.

ļ¾ Studio topics will be selected from:

  1. Introduction to themes and techniques in painting and drawing;
  2. Critical observation and research methods;
  3. Basic application of 2-D art materials;
  4. Exploration of 3-D modelling and/or construction;
  5. Introduction to colour theory, basic design principles and composition;
  6. Exhibition organisation and presentation skills.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Questionnaire - Gallery Excursion

Report: Report - Gallery Excursion

Journal: Visual Art Research Journal

Portfolio: Final Portfolio

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks