Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Drawing: Looking, Seeing, Thinking
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Drawing Portfolio  50%
Semester Assessment Illustration Portfolio  25%
Semester Assessment Interdisciplinary Practice Portfolio  25%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio of new artworks  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Display a basic competence and technical fluency in a broad range of media appropriate to Illustration, Interdisciplinary Practice and Fine Art drawing.

Understand and apply drawing techniques in order to creatively explore, record and respond to landscape in its broadest sense.

Produce portfolios of work in areas of interdisciplinary practice, illustration and fine art drawing, demonstrating organisational and presentational ability.

Demonstrate the ability to critically interpret and reflect on your own work and that of others.

Develop studentship skills in relation to workshop engagement, response to feedback and ability to work independently in developing own practice.

Brief description

Drawing enables us to express our ideas and is central to an artist’s practice. It is also important in the student’s development of a personal visual language. Drawing helps us to develop and refine our visual awareness and literacy. We examine the world through drawing. It is fundamental to the activities of seeing, thinking and reasoning.Through practical classes, workshops, demonstrations, lectures and assignments, this module offers an introduction to the language of drawing. It examines the relevance of drawing to all media, introducing techniques, processes, methods and materials.

Over ten weeks of essential practice in observational and measured drawing, students will be introduced to the vocabulary and grammar of drawing as an end in itself as well as its application in Illustration and Interdisciplinary Thinking and Making. Through the study of original artworks in the School of Art Museum and Galleries, students will learn to identify and analyse a wide range of artists’ materials, techniques and approaches to drawing. Lectures will be delivered by staff from different disciplines to provide a greater appreciation of the rationale of drawing and its application to all media.

Using ‘landscape’ as the unifying theme complements the core art history module AH11520: Looking into Landscape: Reading, Researching, Responding which also runs during Semester 1. It reinforces the connection between history, theory and practice as well as provides a basis for project work, thus forming a more cohesive student learning experience.

The structure allows for the accumulative acquisition of skills as students ready themselves to draw the human form in Semester 2.


To provide a thorough grounding in the materials techniques relevant to drawing and illustration in a broad sense to underpin future visual work.


This module comprises weekly lectures on techniques, methods and processes common to the disciplines of Drawing, Illustration and Interdisciplinary Thinking and Making, as well as other disciplines taught at the School of Art. The syllabus broadly connects with themes explored in the core art history module AH11520: Looking into Landscape: Reading, Researching, Responding to provide a themed approach to drawing practice.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students are gradually introduced to numerical technical information e.g. in chemical processes of printmaking, photography, perspective drawing, etc.
Communication Discussion of artwork in individual and group situations throughout semester.
Improving own Learning and Performance Mode of teaching during classes and tutorials provides feedback weekly during the semester giving students ample opportunity to respond to feedback.
Information Technology Research visual imagery and access email, Blackboard, etc. is explained and students referred to IS Helpdesk if necessary.
Personal Development and Career planning Students are encouraged to consider future options during Semester 1, with both a short- and long-term view.
Problem solving Problem solving is inherent and evidential in the production of artwork.
Research skills Students are introduced to our subject area librarian; instructed on keeping visual diary/logbook/sketchbook that necessitates research skills – these are introduced gradually throughout module.
Subject Specific Skills Techniques and methodology introduced as appropriate to each subject area throughout semester.
Team work Using subject specific equipment in dedicated studio space throughout the building requires teamwork. Small group tutorials and outdoor field work reinforces team/group ethos.


This module is at CQFW Level 4