Undergraduate Degree




DA2000 Applied Drawing

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

Through practice based teaching, to develop the student’s ability to draw from observation and to place drawing within an innovative workflow. To develop the student’s ability to use drawing within a larger practice-based context.


This course will develop the student’s ability to use drawing as part of a creative workflow. Covered will be such topics as using models to create character studies, using drawings as reference in the making of paintings, using drawing to develop design ideas, stylisation and drawing as illustration. This course is not recommended to anyone who has not had experience in drawing from observation.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Drawing principles revised

- Taking measurement, points to point, the drawing plane etc

- Tone, edges, texture etc

• The tension between the optical and the visual 

- Using models to create character studies

- Using drawing in painting

- Using photo in drawing, taking photos for drawing


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Paint and drawing

- Wet drawing (ink, chalk, toned paper etc)

- Colour

• The digital and drawing

- Using edited photos in drawing

• Very large drawings


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The student will have an ambitious and innovative approach to drawing. The student will be able to place drawing within a larger creative context.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


  1. Rudolph Arnheim, Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye, University of California Press

  2. Rudolph Arnheim, Visual Thinking, University of California Press

  3. Alan Pipes, Drawing for Designers, Laurence King

  4. Sarah Simblet, The Drawing Book: An Innovative, Practical Approach to Drawing the World Around You, Dorling Kindersley