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
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Stephen Garrett


This unit offers advanced specialisation in the skills and concepts related to the exercise of drawing the human body. It deals with technical understanding but also with the cultural position of the genre in the context of contemporary practices. In studio classes using life models and through projects which cultivate curiosity and inquiry, students investigate and create rich images involving the human body. A practical study of the work of historical and contemporary exemplars of body imagery is an important part of the unit.


Upon completion of this unit, students will:

  1. possess advanced skills in the representation of single and multiple figures in a diversity of spatial contexts
  2. be able to articulate the major conceptual issues implicit in the perceptual description of the human figure
  3. be able to make informed aesthetic judgements about the character and quality of their imagery
  4. have an increasing ability to work independently, both on set projects and on themes of personal relevance
  5. possess an appreciation of how the continual investigation of the perceived world may inform and extend personal interpretation and imagery.


By folio 100%. Initial project or work-in-progress is assessed in the first part of the semester and contributes a weighting of no less than 20% to the final assessment.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 3 studio hours and 9 independent hours

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