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Unit rationale, description and aim

This unit introduces students to the fundamental processes and essential skills in the production of painting. Students will explore a range of techniques and a variety of media. Emphasis will be placed on increased attention to the critical awareness and conceptual, theoretical and creative interpretations of painting. There will be particular focus on the development of students’ reflective practices in the context of contemporary Australian and International art.

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 - Devise artworks in a range of media areas and apply processes and skills with competency (GA3, GA4, GA5)

LO2 - Evaluate current trends and approaches towards two dimensional production (GA8, GA9)

LO3 - Undertake research into individual ideas and concepts considering the ethical impacts (GA4, GA5, GA8, GA9)

LO4 - Demonstrate how the historical and theoretical contexts of art and design can inform their own practice (GA4, GA5, GA8, GA9, GA10)

Graduate attributes

GA3 - Apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

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


This studio-based unit supports the development of the students' individual art making intentions in two dimensional practice. An examination of various media, techniques and skills developed in areas such as photo media, painting, drawing and print-media will assist in broadening their awareness of contemporary art painting practice.


The emphasis of the unit is on an open-ended, exploratory investigation of art forms in the selected areas of practice through rigorous project-based studio exercises.


Knowledge of art and design history and theory will enhance the students' ability to develop an individual approach to their practice.


There will be a focus on Workplace Health and Safety for the professional artist.

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

The learning and teaching strategy for this unit focuses on fostering studio culture and embedding core competencies such as skills in a range of media, reflective practices and fostering an understanding of studio-led research. This strategy is implemented by presenting lectures that contextualise the assessments in relation to contemporary two-dimensional practice and their historical lineage. This unit introduces students to a variety of art mediums, approaches and processes.

Assessment 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 reflection and assessment of practice.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Exploratory studies (eg 1 tonal and 1 colour painting)



GA3, GA4, GA5

Creative body of work


LO1, LO2

GA3, GA4, GA5, GA8, GA9

Self-Directed paintings supported by research documentation


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

GA3, GA4, GA5, GA8, GA9, GA10

Equivalent tasks may also be used

Representative texts and references

Beers, K., (2014). 100 Painters of Tomorrow, U.K. Thames and Hudson

Brack, J., (2009). John Brack, Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria.

Cowling, E., Baldessari, A., & Elderfield, J., (2002). Matisse & Picasso, London: Tate Publishing.

Danto, A., (2008). Eric Fischl, N. Y.: Monacelli Press.

Feaver, W., (2009). Frank Auerbach, N.Y.: Rizzoli.

Kolenberg, H., (2009). Intensely Dutch: Image Abstraction and the Word Post War and Beyond, Sydne:, Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Leslie, D. (2008). Aboriginal art : creativity and assimilation. Melbourne: Macmillan Art Publishing

Malooon, T., (2010). Abstraction: paths to abstraction 1867 -1917, Sydney: Art Gallery of NSW.

Raffan, J., (2012) Power and Colour: New Paintings from the Corrigan Selection of 21st Century Aboriginal Art, Australia: Macmillan Art Publishing.

Varnedoe, K., (2006). Pictures of Nothing, NJ: Princeton University Press.

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