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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Caulfield: Dr Stephen Garrett, Gippsland: Rodney Forbes


An intensive program facilitating the acquisition and development of practical and intellectual skills required by fine art and visual arts students in the discipline of drawing. Observation, analysis, selection, interpretation and expression are studied through sequential projects. Manufactured and natural forms including the human figure and other models are central to the investigation of proportion, structure, volume and space through line, tone, shape, movement and texture. A range of fine art drawing materials and methods are explored.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. have basic skills needed to represent objects by drawing, expressing their proportion, form and volume whilst displaying a basic grasp of structure;
  2. understand the relationships between the formal elements of drawing, including line, tone and shape and the relationships between these as they are incorporated within compositional dynamics;
  3. appreciate the need for selectivity and identifying visual prejudice;
  4. be able to use drawing to analyse the processes of perception and critically consider drawing in relation to observational objectivity;
  5. express curiosity about the historical, theoretical, philosophical and aesthetic contexts of drawing.


Folio: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Stephen Garrett

Contact hours

4 studio hours and 8 independent study hours per week