PTG2033 - Representational painting: Narrative and figuration - 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 Michael Vale

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • First semester 2017 (Evening)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit investigates the technical and conceptual processes of representational painting. The unit provides students with an in-depth engagement with skills in a variety of representational painting processes as well as the theories informing narrative, figurative and perceptual processes and their representation which are being interrogated by contemporary practice. Students achieve a level of technical and practical competence in the production of their work. The unit addresses issues of representational painting in relation to other forms of representation such as photography, film and video in the context of contemporary art.


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

  1. apply a conceptual and technical foundation for successful study in a contemporary visual art studio
  2. extend their conceptual and practical skills in the production of representational painting as a means of critical and creative expression
  3. apply representational painting approaches and other creative skills and strategies as a form of expression appropriate to the concepts they are investigating
  4. critically reflect on the place of representational painting in the field of current practices, nationally and internationally
  5. understand the theoretical and historical rationale and context of these issues in their work
  6. produce works that demonstrate a critical and creative attitude to contemporary visual culture
  7. 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.

Workload requirements

12 hours comprising 4 studio hours and 8 independent study hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


OHS1000, DWG1201 or DWG1301 or DWG1103, or permission from Unit Coordinator