• Class Number 4653
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Erica Seccombe
    • Dr Amanda Stuart
    • Dr Dierdre Pearce
    • Elisa Crossing
    • Julie Monro-Allison
    • Richard Whiteley
    • Dr Waratah Lahy
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

With a focus on drawing the human form, this course will introduce students to a range of skills and conceptual issues relevant to all visual and design arts disciplines and provides a foundation for future specialised work. Weekly projects will introduce students to the application of two-dimensional representation, dealing with issues such as the human form, the dynamics of colour, design, composition, proportion and pictorial space.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with a range of processes, material uses and material properties and indicate a developing understanding of relationships between these in making art
  2. Show familiarity with, and skill in, two and three-dimensional design and construction
  3. Show an understanding of relevant historical traditions and conventions across art areas, and their relevance to contemporary art/digital media/craft/design practice
  4. Demonstrate established observation and analytical skills of 2D and 3D form, anatomical study and composition, as well as imagination in execution of projects.

Field Trips

All lessons are taught on campus

Additional Course Costs

There is a $90 optional workshop fee for this course. This fee covers all of the materials provided in this course at a discount price, and enables the students to experiment broadly with a wide range of quality materials in each class, and including a take home portfolio folder.

Examination Material or equipment

Only the materials used during the course are required.

Required Resources

Required Resources and Incidental Fees – ANU School of Art & Design

Student contribution amounts under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and tuition fees support the course described in the Course Outline and include tuition, teaching materials and student access to the workshops for the stated course hours.

Students are requested to refer to the School of Art & Design website for information: http://soa.anu.edu.au/required-resources-and-incidental-fees.

A4 Visual Diary (minimum size).

Staff Feedback

Students are given feedback as part of critique and review sessions at the end of every teaching day. In review week - week 6 - every student will present the progress of assessment item 2, in a documented review with their class lecturer/tutor. Each group has also a dedicated online forum on Wattle, allowing for a group-wide exchange between lecturer/tutor and students.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Context & Composition Assessment items 1-3
2 Structure & Shape Assessment items 1-3
3 Void & Proportion Assessment items 1-3
4 Memory & Line Assessment items 1-3
5 Identity & Edge Assessment items 1-3
6 Still Life & Review week Review of independent research
7 Mirror & Perspective Assessment items 1-3
8 Character & Tone Assessment items 1-3
9 Body & Volume Assessment items 1-3
10 Metaphor & Colour Assessment items 1-3
11 Space & Time Assessment items 1-3
12 Rhythm & Chaos Assessment items 1-3

Tutorial Registration

Please self select a class to attend on the course wattle site.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Portfolio of studio work 50 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Demonstrated development - Journal and online documentation 40 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 3, 4
Participation 10 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


The Figure & Life course lessons are taught in a studio environment using a professional life model. The lessons in class are not recorded and therefore need to be attended in person. The drawings and objects created each week contribute to the overall portfolio which is a major part of the final assessment. For this course it is important that students attend all, or as many classes as possible to achieve the best possible learning outcomes.


Examinations will be attended in person and all assessment items will be presented for examination.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Portfolio of studio work

Presentation at assessment time of all two- and three-dimensional works created in class or documentation thereof. Any original creative works or documentation in response to the individual study project set during the course of the semester.

Value: 50%

Estimated return date: Work presented at assessment will be returned immediately after the panel has considered the work.

Details of task: https://wattlecourses.anu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=23233.


Criteria/ Learning outcomesHDDCRPN (Fail)

Show understanding of basic processes and material properties relevant to the discipline

Shows a very high level of understanding

Shows a high level of understanding

Shows a proficient level of understanding

Shows a basic Understanding of this criteria

Fails to demonstrate a basic level of understanding

Apply a range of introductory technical skills

Able to apply a very wide range of technical skills

Able to apply a wide range of technical skills

Able to apply a proficient set of technical skills 

Able to apply the a basic set of technical skills 

Fails to demonstrate sufficient technical skills

Demonstrate creative exploration of materials

Evidence of very high levels of creative exploration of materials.

Evidence of high levels of creative exploration of materials.

Evidence of an adequate level of creative exploration of materials.

Evidence of basic creative exploration of materials.

Fails to demonstrate sufficient level of creative exploration of materials.

Demonstrate observation and analytical skills 

Demonstrates an exceptionally wide range of observation and analytical skills 

Demonstrates an wide range of observation and analytical skills

Demonstrates a range of observation and analytical skills 

Demonstrate s basic observation and analytical skills 

Fails to demonstrate acceptable observation and analytical skills 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Demonstrated development - Journal and online documentation

The visual diary should reflect the development of observational practice in drawing over the duration of the course, experimentation and reflections on own work and that of other artists. The visual diary forms a significant part of assessing the engagement with the course and the set activities for each week. It should show references pertaining to the concepts taught as well as the outcomes of the individual study projects and evidence of reflective engagement with the course in class and online. Students can reference the above though a combination of visual materials, drawings and text

This task will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Your ability to undertake basic contextual research currently relevant to your project and discipline.
  • You have exhibited a basic knowledge of the technical, historical and/ or theoretical context for your work.
  • Your engagement with developments in the broader visual arts and design.


Value: 40%

Estimated return date: The Visual Diary presented at assessment will be returned immediately after the panel has considered it.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


Participation will be further assessed through the roll call, taken for every session as well as the weekly contribution to the class and the group online forum on Wattle.

Value: 10%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

For Studio based assessments the SoA&D follows the College of Arts and Social Sciences policies for

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Erica Seccombe
6125 6529

Research Interests


Dr Erica Seccombe

Tuesday 09:00 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 17:00
Thursday 09:00 13:00
Dr Amanda Stuart
please email

Research Interests

Dr Amanda Stuart

Thursday 09:00 13:00
Dr Dierdre Pearce
please email

Research Interests

Dr Dierdre Pearce

Tuesday 09:00 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 17:00
Elisa Crossing
please email

Research Interests

Elisa Crossing

Tuesday 13:00 17:00
Julie Monro-Allison
please email

Research Interests

Julie Monro-Allison

Wednesday 13:00 17:00
Richard Whiteley
please email

Research Interests

Richard Whiteley

Dr Waratah Lahy
please email

Research Interests

Dr Waratah Lahy

Tuesday 09:00 13:00

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