MMST11010 - Illustration and Visualisation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will assist students to develop a level of fluency and confidence with sketching, drawing and visualising commensurate with requirements for developing and communicating visual concepts and ideas in creative production team environments, and for presenting visual components of multimedia designs to prospective clients and/or funding bodies. This unit will help you to develop skills in illustration and visualision using traditional (manual) drawing materials. Learn how to see like an artist by perceiving edges, negative space, perspective, proportion, tone and texture. Develop your drawing ability through the application of these perceptual skills, even if you believe that you have no artistic talent. Explore the legacy of Renaissance art and alternative traditions such as Egyptian, Eastern and modern art. Familiarise yourself with principles of colour theory. Discover how to draw expressive cartoon figures from fundamental shapes and forms. Note: The unit resources are presented online and so access to a computer with an Internet connection is required.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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. Portfolio 20%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Practical Assessment 30%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 86.96% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 30.26% 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: SUTE comments.
Links to some resource items were found to be broken.
Some links do not show up to be broken when checked by the Unit Coordinator but they are broken for students. Unit coordinator to seek advice on fixing this issue.
Action Taken
The broken links issue was investigated. CQU is trialling technical solutions that notify Unit Leads about broken links.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluations
Disappointment was expressed that tutorial timetabling did not enable attendance due to work commitments. However, there was satisfaction about the availability of recordings.
Maintain provision of effective tutorial recordings.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. perceive edges and draw line contour drawings;
  2. perceive and draw negative space and chiaroscuro;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of the legacy of Renaissance art and alternative traditions such as Egyptian, Eastern and modern art;
  4. understand concepts related to perspective and proportion such as the picture plane, the ground plane, the horizon line, vanishing points, one-point perspective, two-point perspective, three-point perspective and perspective grids; sight angles and proportions,
  5. draw an informal freehand perspective drawing; draw shapes and forms in one-point and two-point perspective;
  6. perceive different tones and textures, and recreate them using crosshatching and shading;
  7. draw objects built from fundamental shapes (rectangles, triangles, ellipses) and fundamental forms (cubes, spheres, cones, cylinders);
  8. understand principles of harmony and contrast among colours;
  9. draw expressive cartoon figures and scenery; and,
  10. be able to synthesise and apply these concepts and manual skills in the production of: thumbnail sketches for the development and communication of visual designs; storyboards for conveying multimedia and movie ideas; and comprehensive concept presentation visuals.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Portfolio
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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 10
1 - Portfolio
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)