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Art and the Botanical (FINA20044)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeFINA20044
Campus
Parkville
Availability(Quotas apply)
Summer Term
February
June
Winter Term
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This practice-based drawing subject focuses on developing skills and techniques in botanical drawing, using drawing and watercolour media. Students will be introduced to specialist botanical drawing techniques, working from both live plants and botanical specimens from the University Cultural Collections (including the University of Melbourne Herbarium (MELU) and the University of Melbourne System Garden). Lectures and writing tasks that explore the botanical in historic and contemporary visual art will complement the drawing program. By the end of the subject, students should have developed a comprehensive folio of exercises and finished works exploring the botanical in both its living and preserved states, highlighting how artistic practice can be used as a space for exploration and discovery.

Though this subject is designed for students who have little or no drawing experience, it will also suit students who have previously undertaken a visual art Breadth subject or similar.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of, and productively apply, the knowledge and skills required to effectively represent the botanical both from direct observation of living and preserved specimens, and through further studio-based experimentation;
  • demonstrate an applied effort and positive development in the skills required to effectively represent the botanical (drawings to be dated so that development can be observed in the final folio);
  • explore, articulate and critically analyse (during class, in the visual diary and in writing) the ways in which botany has been explored in both historic and contemporary art, and how artistic production can be used to examine the botanical in both living and preserved states.

Generic skills

  • 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 practical skills in respect of critical analysis, problem solving.
  • Demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation.
  • Demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

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

Assessment

DescriptionTimingPercentage
  • Essay - 1000 words; due 8-10 days after final class (25%)
  • 1000 words
At the end of the assessment period25%
  • Folio: A comprehensive folio that includes completed work made for set exercises/projects, experimentation and related materials, and that demonstrates an appropriate level of understanding, development and application of the knowledge, skills and conceptual areas addressed in the subject; due 8-10 days after final class (75%)
  • pages
At the end of the assessment period75%
  • 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 subject, taking into account the following criteria: course engagement; work development. Intensive delivery: day 2 to 3 of intensive.
  • minutes
Throughout the semesterN/A
  • Hurdle requirement: Students must attend at least 80% of all scheduled classes for the folio and essay to be accepted for assessment purposes.
Throughout the semesterN/A

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Summer Term
    Principal coordinatorCeleste Chandler
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment136 hours
    Teaching period21 January 2019 to 29 January 2019
    Last self-enrol date22 January 2019
    Census date25 January 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 3 February 2019
    Assessment period ends10 February 2019

    Summer Term contact information

    Coordinator

    Celeste Chandler
    Breadth Coordinator for Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

    Contact

    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

    celeste.chandler@unimelb.edu.au

  • February
    Principal coordinatorCeleste Chandler
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment136 hours
    Teaching period30 January 2019 to 7 February 2019
    Last self-enrol date31 January 2019
    Census date 8 February 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail12 February 2019
    Assessment period ends19 February 2019

    February contact information

    Coordinator

    Celeste Chandler
    Breadth Coordinator for Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

    Contact

    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

    celeste.chandler@unimelb.edu.au

  • June
    Principal coordinatorCeleste Chandler
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36
    Total time commitment136 hours
    Teaching period26 June 2019 to 3 July 2019
    Last self-enrol date27 June 2019
    Census date 5 July 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 9 July 2019
    Assessment period ends15 July 2019

    June contact information

    Coordinator

    Celeste Chandler
    Breadth Coordinator for Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

    Contact

    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

    celeste.chandler@unimelb.edu.au

  • Winter Term
    Principal coordinatorCeleste Chandler
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment136 hours
    Teaching period 4 July 2019 to 10 July 2019
    Last self-enrol date 5 July 2019
    Census date 8 July 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail16 July 2019
    Assessment period ends22 July 2019

    Winter Term contact information

    Coordinator

    Celeste Chandler
    Breadth Coordinator for Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

    Contact

    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

    celeste.chandler@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

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

Additional delivery details

This subject has a quota of 44 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

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    N/A

  • Incidental costs

    Incidental Fees will apply for the purpose of accessing the studios/workshops and purchase of materials as relevant.

  • Breadth options
  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 19 July 2019