VPA212 Materials and Image Research (8)

This subject is designed to consolidate students understanding, expertise and analytical abilities through a lecture program and workshop tutorials. Students are encouraged to investigate and integrate a range of techniques and processes based on extended research and concept development.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VPA212. 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 student who have successfully completed ART231

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have developed an individual interpretation of, and critical approach to visual problems
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to interpret a brief/assignment/commission from concept drawings to finished artwork
  • have developed an individual visual language of process;
  • understand the effect of different technologies upon the process and outcome
  • be able to demonstrate the abilty to undertake research and investigative visual research using historical and contemporary data


This subject will cover the following topics:

- exploration of imagery as a means of visual thinking - exploration of visual imagery as a means of communication - the analysis of historical and contemporary imagery - the works of artists in an historical and contemporary context - visual imagery based on observation, abstraction and transformation refining the idea presentation and practice

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VPA212 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Visual thinking: researching and developing ideas
Contextual development and image making
Travel through time

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.