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VIS1010 2D Studio Foundations

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Rhiannan Johnson


Enrolment is not permitted in VIS1010 if VSA1001 and VSA1002 have been previously completed.


This course provides an entry point for students who are interested in developing their skills in visual art in the areas of Painting, Printmaking and Drawing. Foundation courses provide an introduction to ways in which links can be made between practical and reflective processes, concepts and research. Upon completion of this course, students should have gained skills and confidence with materials and a basic understanding of presentation, and be able to make links between their own visual arts practice, and a broader art historical and contemporary visual arts framework. Students should be able to pursue opportunities in diverse areas, from visual arts industry roles to other creative industries such as design, illustration, film and education.

This course is the first of two foundational studio courses. Students will need to complete both VIS1001 and VIS1002 before engaging in VIS2001 and VIS2002 to obtain a 4 unit studio minor, and to obtain an 8 unit studio major, students will additionally need to complete VIS3001, VIS3002, VAP3003 and VAP3004.

Students will study in three 2D studios: Painting, Printmaking and Drawing. This is an introductory course suitable for anyone who has a passion or interest in developing their skills and understanding of visual art practice. Students will be introduced to fundamental practical skills and processes in each of the three studio areas. Across this course, students will begin to form an understanding of how the development of skills and applied processes is underpinned by a foundational approach to artist research, ideas development and analytical thinking. This course will offer a range of lectures, workshop tutorials, critiques, consults and discussions, which will support the initial development of student practice and ideas.

Due to the range of possible intensives or workshops, to gain credit for these activities, students must seek and obtain pre-approval from the discipline co-ordinator of visual arts.

On campus students will be required to undertake relevant WH&S inductions and employ the safe handling of materials, processes and equipment.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Use materials, skills, processes and practical knowledge necessary to produce 2D works of art;
  2. Apply relevant visual arts concepts from art history and contemporary art practice to contextualise own work;
  3. Apply appropriate ethics across studio work, work processes and presentation;
  4. Communicate visually, verbally and in writing especially concerning the links between practice and concepts.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Foundation Skills and Materials - Drawing 20.00
2. Foundation Skills and Materials - Painting
3. Foundation Skills and Materials - Printmaking
4. Introduction to Studio Research Skills – Artists and Concepts
5. Introduction to Presentation Skills – Visual Mediums
6. Introduction to Presentation Skills – Written and Verbal
7. An Introduction to Linking Ideas to Skills in the Visual Arts 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Stiles, K & Selz, P 2012, Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings, Second edn, University of California Press.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Date printed 2 July 2022