PTG2031 - Abstraction and non-objective painting - 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)

Dr Leslie Eastman


Dr Leslie Eastman

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


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


The unit explores the rich history and practice of abstraction and the broad range of approaches to painting produced under the term 'non-objective'. The unit provides students with an in-depth engagement with a variety of non-objective painting processes as well as the theories informing their creation such as the recurring declaration of painting's demise. Students achieve a level of technical and conceptual sophistication as well as a consideration of their works in the context of contemporary visual art.


Upon successful completion of this unit students 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 non objective painting as a special means of creative expression;
  3. Apply these painting and other creative skills and strategies as a form of expression appropriate to the concept they are investigating;
  4. Critically reflect on the place of non-objective abstraction in the field of current practices, nationally and internationally;
  5. Understand the theoretical and historical rationale and context of 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.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 4 contact hours plus 8 hours of independent study.

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