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Still Life: Nature Morte (FINA10035)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeFINA10035
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces multi-dimensional investigations around the Still Life genre explored from a 21st Century perspective.

Engaging drawing and painting techniques and processes, this subject is designed for students who have little or no practical experience in art making. Commencing with figurative drawing, students will be introduced to ways of visualizing relevant, abstract concepts as they relate to the still-life genre. Multi-disciplinary investigations around the inanimate object will also focus on the dynamics of colour and pictorial space. Theoretical discussions will explore the human relationship to abstract ideas and the evolution of the still life convention. Projects will be set in both practical and theoretical areas.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject aims to:

  • create a dialogue between the perceptual, the conceptual and theoretical. It is concerned with the development of concepts and skills that can be employed to construct a contemporary visual language around representations of the Still Life;
  • provide an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to effectively represent inanimate objects both from direct observation and through further studio based experimentation towards abstraction;
  • offer foundational knowledge and experience in drawing and painting and to direct these abilities toward outcomes of artistic conceptualisation, experimentation and expression;
  • explore and articulate the relationship between theory and practice as it relates to the subject material, by critically examining relevant works of art in the context of significant visual art genres and pictorial convention.

Generic skills

On completing this subject students will:

  • display an awareness of the graphic possibilities of a variety of concepts, materials and practices;
  • exhibit evidence of skill development both pictorially and technically as a means of independent image making;
  • indicate evidence of individual research in the relevant area of practice;
  • demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
  • demonstrate practical skills in respect of critical analysis, problem solving;
  • demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Folio: a comprehensive folio that includes completed work made for set exercises/projects, paintings, experimentation and related materials, that demonstrates an appropriate level of understanding, development and application of the knowledge, skills and conceptual areas addressed in the subject; during examination period (75%).

Written Component: 1000 word essay; due week 9 to 11 (25%).

Ongoing feedback is provided to students through the subject’s duration via individual and group discussion. Additionally, a progress review will take place midway through the course, taking into account the following criteria: course engagement; work development; week 6-8.

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend at least 80% of all scheduled classes for the folio and essay to be accepted for assessment purposes.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorCeleste Chandler
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours3 Hours per week
    Total time commitment136 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information


    For all administrative enquiries, e.g. enrolment (including quota), class registration, special consideration enquiries:

    Contact Stop 1

    For all academic enquiries, e.g. assessment, attendance or subject matter enquiries:

    Celeste Chandler


Time commitment details

136 hours (36 contact hours and 100 non-contact hours)

Additional delivery details

This subject has a quota of 80 students. Selection is automated and based on the order in which students enrol. Your enrolment in this subject guarantees a space unless you withdraw. Once the subject quota has been reached, all enrolled students will be contacted.

If the subject is full, spaces may become available in the future as others withdraw. The only way to check this is by attempting to enrol. Please note that there are no waiting lists for this subject.

As entry into this subject is based only on the order in which students enrol, special permission will not be offered to any students.

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019