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 Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Leslie Eastman


This unit investigates the technical foundations of painting, considering the role of painting as a historically rich artform in relation to other artforms and as a contemporary medium of art practice. The unit provides students with an in-depth introduction to skills in a variety of painting processes with a particular emphasis on supports, grounds, pigments, colour, mediums, and a consideration of their works in the context of contemporary visual art. Occuptional safety in the Painting Studios will also be addressed.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Produce works that establish their conceptual and practical skills in the production of painting as a means of creative expression
  2. Apply painting and other creative skills and strategies as a form of expression appropriate to the concept under investigation
  3. Analyse the place of painting in the field of current practices, nationally and internationally
  4. Discuss the theoretical and historical rationale and context of their work, with a critical and creative attitude to contemporary visual culture
  5. Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


Assessment is 100% by folio at mid-semester and end of semester. The folio will be comprised of works produced during the duration of the unit, and may also include student's works made independently of the unit, and a journal which will document on-going progress and research over the semester.

Mid Semester Assessment (conducted in week 6) is weighted at no less than 20% of the final mark.

Final Assessment (conducted in Week 14) is weighted at no less than 80% of the final mark.

Workload requirements

12 hours comprising 4 studio hours and 8 independent study hours per week or equivalent.

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Chief examiner(s)


Admission to Monash University course, or with permission from Unit Coordinator