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Unit rationale, description and aim

This unit is designed to extend students’ skills and techniques of 2D studies in printmaking and may include a broad range of printmaking practices which may include lino printing, screen printing, intaglio and mono printing. The historical lineage and critical framework from which printmaking has emerged will inform the development of concepts, skills and techniques. An interdisciplinary approach taken in this unit facilitates cross-media study as well as exploring contemporary art practice in Australia and internationally.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between 2D media areas, their practices, techniques and applications (GA4, GA5, GA8, GA10)

LO2 - Create project-based artworks using diverse approaches, methods, techniques and materials (GA4, GA5, GA8)

LO3 - Analyse and interpret contemporary 2D art forms in the context of their own practice (GA4, GA5, GA8)

LO4 - Articulate the way in which historical and theoretical contexts of art can inform their own practice (GA8, GA9, GA10)

Graduate attributes

GA4 - Think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - Demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA8 - Locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA9 - Demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 

GA10 - Utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively


Topics may include:


Print as Object

This unit will extend and develop the concepts, processes and techniques of studio art areas. Project-based exercises, selected from various 2D art forms will enable students to develop skills, processes and techniques in a variety of artforms. Studio practice will be selected from 2D art forms such as print media, drawing, photography and painting. The analysis and interpretation of contemporary Australian and International artworks will offer a rich context for the students’ individual research and creation of their artwork.

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

The assessment strategy involves exploring practical and technical skill for the development of a portfolio of work. The journal documents the application of self-directed research into contemporary art practice and techniques, and encourages critical assessment of practice.

Assessment strategy and rationale

The rationale for this unit is based in developing both a core conceptual and a technical understanding of printmaking as a creative visual medium. The assessment tasks are designed as creative responses to briefs. These briefs will emphasise both the technical and conceptual aspects of printmaking. The resultant portfolio will be assessed in relation to contemporary practices and cultures.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Exploratory exercises to develop print media skills 



GA4, GA5, GA8

Creative interpretation of themes in project- based artworks


LO1, LO2

GA4, GA5, GA8, GA10

Self-Directed body of print media artwork supported by research documentation


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

GA4, GA5, GA8, GA9, GA10

Representative texts and references

Bezzola, T. and Prelinger, E., (2012). Paul Gauguin: The Prints, Zurich, Zurich Kunstgesellschaft

Brady, L., (2008). Pictures, Patterns & Objects: rock-art of the Torres Strait Islands. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Press.

Calle, S,. (2007). Double Game, D.A.P./Violette Editions; 2nd edition (September 1, 2007)

Crayford, P., (2009). The Woodblock Printing of Cressida Campbell, Bronte, NSW, Public Pictures

Eggener K., (2010). Cemeteries, New York: W.W. Norton & Co.; Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress

Grishin, S., (2011). Bruno Leti, Portrait of a Printmaker, South Yarra, Vic., Macmillan

Hartill, B. and Clarke, R., (2005). Collagraphs and mixed-media Printmaking, London: A & C Black.

Henson, B., (2005). Mnemosyne, Zurich, Scalo Publishers.

Leti, B., (2010). Matrix: Remembering Giorgio Morandi: equilibrium and strength, South Yarra, Vic., Macmillan.

McDonald, J., (2008). Woodblock Painting of Cressida Campbell, Sydney: Public Pictures Pty Ltd.

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