Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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 Design
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Ms Regina Newey


This unit will develop the students understanding of conceptual thinking in contemporary illustration. It will introduce them to new approaches to image making that do not rely on literal or obvious visual reference. The art of humour, wit, metaphor and abstraction will be utilised in the answering of each brief in order to strengthen the students' illustration and intellectual skills and consequently their confidence as strong conceptual visual communicators. They will be encouraged toward experimentation and exploration of both traditional and digital illustrative techniques.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. develop strong conceptual and communication skills through the use of hand generated, mechanical or digital image making
  2. respond to a brief with an open mind to experimentation and exploration of their chosen medium
  3. confidently respond to any given text or concept through an articulate and well executed image
  4. understand the place of illustration as a respected element of contemporary art and visual communication
  5. to conceptualise and execute images quickly when required
  6. observe and employ occupational health and safety appropriate to studio practice.


4 major projects: 80%; smaller exercises: 20%

Workload requirements

4 studio hours and 8 independent study hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)



VCO3204, VCO3205