• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Why do cultures around the world communicate identity through pattern? Why do our brains attempt to recognise patterns within chaos? What happens when pattern falls apart?

These questions underpin Repeat: Pattern and Disintegration to open a nuanced approach to line and colour, figure and ground, layering and assemblage; and of course, iteration and repetition. Students will use a range of digital and analogue skills to develop pattern systems and then explore the disintegration of those systems materially, aesthetically and conceptually. Accessing the facilities of Textiles, Print Media and ANU Makerspace, artwork and design outcomes will be refined and applied on a range of surfaces such as paper and textile. Through research and experimentation students will develop skills and knowledge relating to the rich historical, social and cultural meanings embedded in pattern processes and imagery.

This course may be delivered as a semester length course or offered as an intensive.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate creative and critical exploration, experimentation and integration of ideas, materials and techniques, through class and individual projects;
  2. apply a range of introductory technical skills relevant to visual arts and the discussed topics;
  3. identify historical and theoretical contexts in response to studio projects; and
  4. communicate reflective and critical approaches through the creative process.

Other Information

School of Art & Design studio courses have a limited enrolment capacity. Students are advised to enrol as early as possible to maximise the opportunity of securing a place.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Group task studio theory and research (15) [LO 1,3,4]
  2. Pattern design based creative project (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Portfolio of studio work expanding on pattern design project (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Studio research diary and written reflection (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Semester length delivery

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks consisting of lectures, demonstrations, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and

b) 82 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.

In Intensive mode, the 48 contact hours are delivered over the intensive period.

Inherent Requirements

This is a course amendment.

Prescribed Texts

Refer to Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Refer to Wattle.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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