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CART11015 - Drawing Fundamentals and Graphic Languages

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will develop competence and confidence in drawing so that it may form a key activity in your creative practice. You will use drawing as a direct and expressive mode of communication, and as a primary creative design tool. Whilst developing the ability to apply fundamental drawing concepts in a range of media and approaches, you will also develop knowledge about how drawn marks can be translated into graphic languages. This knowledge will be transferrable to other studio disciplines. As well as improving your ability to draw with confidence, this unit is designed to develop your ability to see and think like a visual artist and to develop an on-going relationship with the act of drawing.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 40%
2. Portfolio 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student unit evaluation.
Review requirements of Assessment 1 Learning log. Provide specific resources which support the research of content required by learning log.
Action Taken
Assessment 1 requirements were reviewed and streamlined. Resources to support the successful achievement of Assessment 1 have been added to this unit's Moodle site.
Source: Student evaluation
The drawings were good and easy to make. It gave me the challenge to think about what materials to use and how to make them.
The range of drawing approaches covered in this unit will be retained for 2021.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Reflect on various modes of drawing and how they may be beneficial to the contemporary visual artist
  2. Exhibit a fundamental understanding of the relationships between mark-making, human perception and meaning generation through drawing and reflective writing
  3. Integrate drawing elements and concepts including line, tone, shape, texture, pattern, proportion, space, perspective and emphasis to produce drawn documents with descriptive and suggestive power
  4. Generate drawings which apply concepts relevant to observational, interpretative, expressive and preparatory drawings.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
2 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
2 - Portfolio