DWG3511 - Drawing: Contemporary practice - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Arts


Dr Leslie Eastman

Not offered in 2017


This study deals with the theoretical and practical issues involved in the drawing of aesthetic proposals that are realised in the form of contemporary practices as conceptual and installation art. The study deals with both the creation of images that may be installed in actual contexts and the processes used in the pictorial development of visual ideas for possible realisation in other forms and locations. This includes initial thoughts and conceptions, clarification in response to practical problem solving, representation as vivid and clear images capable of being presented to a commissioning body or regulatory agency.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. possess an awareness of the correspondence between pictorial space utilised in traditional drawing practice and actual three-dimensional space utilised in aspects of contemporary arts practice;
  2. be capable of confidently recording and modifying visual concepts by drawing, through the consideration of the practical concerns implicit in the realisation of conceptual and installation art;
  3. be able to successfully present and communicate, through drawing, visual concepts to an audience that may include those not used to looking at and understanding images;
  4. possess the capacity to make informed and considered judgements about the appropriateness of drawing materials to specific tasks;
  5. have an appreciation of the historical, theoretical and aesthetic issues pertinent to drawing that are dealt with by contemporary art practitioners working in the disciplines of conceptual and installation art;
  6. understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


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 4 studio hours and 8 hours of independent study

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Must have passed either DWG2502 or DWG2503 or DWG2504 or DWG2507 or DWG2509 or DWG2510