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Digital Painting (GAD374)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit teaches the techniques and theory of digital painting, focusing on practical application of software tools, and demonstrable skills in digital art production. The unit draws on existing knowledge of artistic core concepts and theory, and extends design knowledge as it applies to painting with a digital canvas.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Approach a digital painting project by considering client brief, genre, style, and related requirements.
2. Be able to consider various compositions through thumbnails and exploration of silhouette.
3. Demonstrate a good understanding of painting fundamentals, and competence with a variety of digital painting techniques.
4. Create a set of commercially acceptable digital paintings, both in terms of quality and production method.
5. Be able to express knowledge of painting principles and techniques in both written (discussion based, or essay) and demonstrated (created works) forms.
Timetabled Learning Activities Online lectures: 1 hour; laboratories: 3 hours
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to balance theoretical learning with practical instruction. Lecture material conveys conceptual information and where possible, art theory topics such as composition, colour theory, light dynamics, and surface rendering techniques are presented in the context of particular digital painting pieces. Media Lab sessions constitute the practical component of the unit, where students create and develop digital paintings from week to week in different styles and through a wide variety of subject and genre.
Assessment Assessment and feedback are iterative in that each assessment will cumulatively build on the next toward the successful design and development of several digital painting projects . Students receive feedback through, in class discussion, written assignments, student group work and online assignment feedback and discussion.
There are four types of assessment as follows:
Design Research worth 20%, Peer Design Review worth 20%, Homework worth 20%, and Creative Portfolio/Essay worth 40%.
Prerequisites Successful completion of GAD172/MCC172 Drawing
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Games Art and Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Mr Daniel Wearing
Associate Lecturer, Games and Design

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6111
e: D.Wearing@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.060 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Mr Daniel Wearing
Associate Lecturer, Games and Design

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6111
e: D.Wearing@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.060 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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