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DESN1705 Drawing 1A

10 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Louise Wilson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

DESN1706Drawing 1B

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Practical studio based sessions introduce a range of strategies, methods and materials designed for practical engagements with the processes and products of drawing. The module aims to raise awareness of the purposes and applications of drawing in art practice and through first hand practical engagement. The structured programme of practical sessions and tutorials is sufficiently flexible to enable you to pursue personal interests within drawing. Examples of work by artists and students provide the focus for a critical dialogue that is central to the module. Drawing 1 is of interest to those who are curious about the nature and role of drawing and concerned to make drawings as a means of recording the visual, developing understanding and expertise.


This module emphasises the principles of formal drawing skills and elaborates a working concept of what it means to draw.

Students will develop new ways of thinking, observing, and creating, and grow in confidence through exercises that explore different types of mark making.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate in practical work and in supporting documentation awareness of different purposes and applications of drawing in fine art practice;
- Make use of drawing as a vehicle for visual enquiry, analysis and interpretation;
- demonstrate competencies in the application of a range of materials and methods;
- apply drawing conventions and strategies to initiate, sustain and resolve images;
- engage in informed dialogue about the process and product of drawing.


This practice-based module contains a series of drawing assignments designed to promote a sustained and in-depth engagement with drawing as a vehicle for visual enquiry.

- Notebooks will be used to record and evaluate the drawing process and will be integral to the practical assignments.
- A range of methods and materials, conventions and strategies of drawing will be introduced, applied and evaluated in the context of practical work. References will be made to the work of historical and contemporary artists and related critical texts in the context of practical classes.
- Examples of drawings and notebooks will be used in practical sessions; seminars and tutorials to foster the acquisition of a vocabulary appropriate to critical dialogue.
- Drawing assignments will include experimental, figurative and non-representational drawings and will include work in the studios and the use of regional resources.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Preparation for practical classes: 10 hours
- Seminar preparation: 5 hours
- Reading: 20 hours
- Practical assignments and notebooks: 45 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Observation in weekly practical classes
- Presentation of practical work and notebook in mid module review tutorial
- Self-assessment at start, middle and end of module
- Group review of assignments during practical classes.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkVisual notebook / documentation40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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