Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Fine Art
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stephen Garrett


An intense investigation of the skills required for drawing the human body. Studio classes using life models develop skills in observing inner structure, gesture, spatial organisation and characterisation. Technical studies of representational devices, mark selection, emphasis, and lighting promote a broader understanding of the use of the body's representation in contemporary practice.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. be able to achieve an advanced competence in the representation and characterisation of a variety of figure subjects through drawing;
  2. have understanding of the internal structure and proportions of the human figure, the dynamic relationships between its various parts, and its potential for movement as expressed through action, tension and repose;
  3. explore the representation of the figure in a variety of spatial contexts, and through a variety of conceptual and technical approaches;
  4. be able to consult a large body of reference in the history of the representation of the figure in western art and consider critically the continuing meaning of the genre in the context of contemporary culture.
  5. understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


Folio: 100%

Workload requirements

3 studio hours for one semester and 9 independent study hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Any of DWG1102, DWG1202, DWG1301, DWG1401, DWG1201, DWG1103, or permission from Studio Coordinator.