ACV115 - Drawing and the Body in Visual Arts

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Simon Grennan
Trimester 3: Simon Grennan
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: Nil
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 per week


Through a focus on the body (human or otherwise), this studio-based unit introduces students to key skills and concepts used within the discipline of drawing in the visual arts. Along with gaining competency and control of perceptual drawing techniques, the unit explores the ways in which contemporary drawing engages and challenges the viewer through various means: for example through unexpected combinations of subject matter, format, style, scale, process, and material. The unit treats the development of perception, observation, expression, communication, ideation, and imagination as integrated aspects of all forms of drawing. The program is structured around weekly drawing topics designed to build observational skills, develop media strategies, and introduce basic conceptual frameworks for generating work. Lecturer presentations and demonstrations, group discussion and critiques also form an integral aspect of seminar activities.

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

Through drawing processes, perceptually interpret objects, proportions, form, structure, volume and spatial relationships

GLO4: Critical thinking


Resolve perceptual, observational, and aesthetic problems in drawing through the skilled use of observational measuring techniques; the effective use of drawing media; and an appreciation of art and design elements and principles

GLO5: Problem solving


Produce drawings that capture the aesthetic and conceptual interactions between subject matter, technique, form, context and audience

GLO4: Critical thinking


Produce drawings and journal responses (drawing, writing, note taking) that are informed by the historical, theoretical, communicative, and aesthetic contexts of drawing in contemporary art

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Drawing folio 1 journal/visual diary/folio 50% Week 6
Assessment 2 - Drawing folio 2 journal/visual diary/folio 50% Week 11

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 ACV115
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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