DWG2509 - Drawing: the body 1 - 2019

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 Art

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Leslie Eastman


Mr Leslie Eastman

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Any of DWG1102, DWG1202, DWG1301, DWG1401, DWG1201, DWG1103, or permission from Studio Coordinator


An intense investigation of the skills required for drawing the human body. Studio classes using life models develop skills in observing inner structure, gesture, spatial organisation and characterisation. Technical studies of representational devices, mark selection, emphasis, and lighting promote a broader understanding of the use of the body's representation in contemporary practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Be able to achieve an advanced competence in the representation and characterisation of a variety of figure subjects through drawing;
  2. Have understanding of the internal structure and proportions of the human figure, the dynamic relationships between its various parts, and its potential for movement as expressed through action, tension and repose;
  3. Explore the representation of the figure in a variety of spatial contexts, and through a variety of conceptual and technical approaches;
  4. Be able to consult a large body of reference in the history of the representation of the figure in western art and consider critically the continuing meaning of the genre in the context of contemporary culture;
  5. Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 3 contact hours plus 9 hours of independent study.

See also Unit timetable information