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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the fundamental skills, processes, materials and equipment relevant to the practice of contemporary illustration. It endeavours to expose them to a range of illustration styles and techniques, while promoting a broad use of them in traditional and experimental forums. While studying existing illustration styles, students will be encouraged towards an individual image making process that they can develop in future projects, both within this unit and others. The role of Illustration as a vital component to contemporary visual communication will be heavily emphasised.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. use a wide range of traditional illustration media confidently at a basic level;
  2. understand the uses and limitations of basic illustration materials on both traditional and experimental levels;
  3. apply the principles of form, shape and composition to the practice of illustration;
  4. understand the use of symbols and other devices that contribute to the communicative power of illustration;
  5. comprehend the historical development of illustration as a persuasive and prevalent public art-form;
  6. begin to comprehend the indisputable link between illustration and the greater practice of graphic design.


Major projects: 80%, Visual Diary: 10%, Minor exercises: 10%.

Chief examiner(s)

Gene Bawden

Contact hours

One 1 hour lecture plus 3 studio hours weekly


DWG1301 or DWG1201