VPA211 Materials and Image Development (8)

This subject extends students perceptions and understanding of the multi-disciplined nature of current image making practice using traditional and contemporary analogue and digital processes. Drawing to Design is the core of visual thinking that any designer or artist must have to be adaptable and flexible in their individual image development approaches across a variety of contexts.  Students will acquire perceptual and observational drawing and image making skills to manage and extend a diversity of inventive and expressive visual problem solving responses. This subject is intended to challenge students approaches to drawing and image making as well as the ideas that are explored through drawing.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VPA211. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have successfully completed ART230 or SLV215 OR TXT205

Incompatible Subjects

ART230, SLV215, TXT205

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evidence a capacity to appropriately apply, integrate and adapt analogue and digital media through concepts and innovative outcomes
  • be able to recognise, interpret and organise formal strategies of composition, perspective, line, tone, colour, size and shape variations to generate inventive, predetermined visual outcomes appropriate for a range of contexts
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to analyse and develop sequential or related developmental iterations to test idea and form towards complex resolved outcomes
  • be able to demonstrate the development of an individual image making practice closely informed by a complementary visual research processes based upon the philosophies and approaches of traditional and contemporary designers and artists in related fields of graphic design, illustration, animation, drawing, printmaking and photography amongst others
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to interpret and critically discuss their own and others work toward more developed understanding of the breadth of practice using design language and terminology


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Foundations of structural drawing; organisation of form and spatial relationships
  • Appropriate selection and integration of traditional and contemporary analogue and digital tools, materials, and methods as fundamental to the development of ideas throughout the drawing and image making process
  • Thematic applications of analogue and digital media managing and exploring composition, perspective, line, tone, colour, size and shape variations towards understanding and establishing inventive, predetermined visual outcomes as appropriate for prescribed contexts
  • Extended, exploratory iterations of imagery and form to establish and develop divergent ideas for a variety of visual outcomes
  • Weekly lecture series analysing the works of contemporary designers and artists
  • Critical development of students individual research and aesthetic approaches devised and developed in consultation with lecturer across the session


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.