Available in 2021
Course code



10 units



Course handbook


Design Drawing allows students to explore freehand sketching, design studio processes and concept visualization. This course offers traditional and non-digital methods to help develop skills in perspective drawing and basic rendering techniques. It is expected that students will develop research and writing skills and acquire resources that will assist in an academic learning environment.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Create freehand and observational sketches that show an understanding of the basic principles of perspective

2. Generate ideas using sketching as a tool

3. Communicate visual concepts through design process by producing a series of drawings

4. Describe basic rendering techniques through freehand drawing

5. Construct technical drawings using a measured perspective system

6. Analyse drawing methods used in design industries

7. Apply research skills and effectively use library resources including referencing of visual imagery and academic writing


  1. Perspective principles.
  2. Freehand perspective sketching.
  3. Design process.
  4. Concept visualisation.
  5. Basic rendering techniques.
  6. Technical drawing.
  7. Visual Analysis.

Assessment items

Project: Perspective Principles 1

Written Assignment: Written Analysis

Project: Perspective Principles 2

Contact hours

Ourimbah and Newcastle City Precinct


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

Note: Class will be held in a studio environment.

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.