ACV101 - Painting in the Visual Arts

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Simon Grennan
Trimester 3: Simon Grennan
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: AAV123, ACF101, ACV401
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit asks students to explore the discipline of painting in a variety of ways. Alongside a staged technical approach concepts such as remediation and representation are used to frame the practice in historical and contemporary contexts. Key to the unit is a concentration on the medium as crucial in the development of the way we perceive the image, and practice art, in the 21st century. Thus the unit specifically addresses painting by exploring materiality, techniques, and its surface qualities; as well as its deployment in the history of images. Students do this through classes, workshops, studio intensive weeks, critical discussions and seminars. One of the main tools used to develop a folio of artworks is the workbook/journal, which acts as a place to gather information, contextualize ideas, experiment and reflect. To resolve a series of artworks students will develop their own ideas, technical approaches and problem-solving skills in this dynamic and contemporary unit.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Engage with painting, through studio practice, writing and verbal communication in ways that are informed by a knowledge of the medium's technical, formal, historical and theoretical dimensions

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Organise and verbally communicate presentations informed by reading research and discussion

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self Management


Create a body of artworks that respond to given briefs and are informed by historical and contemporary practices in painting including its material, technical, aesthetic and conceptual dimensions

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Visual Diary - Visual and written support material 800 word equivalent 20% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Studio work – major painting tasks 2400 word equivalent 60% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 (Group) Oral Presentation 800 word equivalent 20% Information not yet available


The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACV101
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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