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NM1520 - Drawing and the Digital

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

This subject introduces students to a range of technical and expressive drawing skills and concepts. The foundation of computer-aided drawing techniques including perspective, rendering, tone, shape, light and contrast will be examined. Drawing conventions will be investigated along with a survey of extant drawings in the contemporary context. Techniques of digitization and computer-aided processes will be tested through the foundation of primary vector-based and pixel-based illustration. The relationship with drawing practices and the expanded field of contemporary media arts practice will be investigated. Through this subject, students will develop the appropriate techniques and theory to understand the principals of computer aided drawing and rendering. Analogue convergence in computer-aided techniques will be used in the design and production of a compact magazine or a compact artists' book.

Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate ideas using a range of drawing styles and computer-aided processes;
  • Illustrate tones, shadows and reflections in digitally rendered images;
  • Create a compact magazine or artists' book;
  • Apply OH&S in relation to the process explored in this unit;
  • Demonstrate proportion, perspective and composition in digitally rendered images.
NM1502 VA1112


Cairns, Study Period 2, External
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Robyn Glade-Wright
Lecturer: Mr Gareth Wild.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours lectures - On-Line Lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials - Threaded Discussion
  • 13 hours practicals - Video Instructionals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: computer-aided drawing tasks (30%); compact magazine/ artists book (40%); drawing project (30%).

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