BMA0A106 – Visual Arts Practice 1

Module code
Module title
Visual Arts Practice 1
This module is designed to develop students' skills, procedures and techniques, used to generate and develop ideas in visual arts and design. The emphasis in this module is on the introduction of the student to the practical methodologies and strategies currently used by artists, photographers, filmmakers and designers. Such processes are the essence of all practical courses within the year one Visual Arts/Fashion programme, thus the knowledge acquired in this course is applied in all concurrent introductory and studio electives.
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2.1Develop a process for systematically addressing visual situations
discuss, reflect on and interpret briefs
participate in directed research and practical assignments
systematically generate, manipulate, regenerate and synthesise ideas
2.2Understand 2-D compositional ideas; spatial concepts of illusory, ambiguous and abstract pictorial space
develop a single pictorial idea in a series of work
manipulate abstract space, illusory space and figure field relationships
discuss and consider issues of compositional hierarchy
consider and apply the characteristics of specific materials to 2-dimensional compositional situations
test and control colour relationships in 2-dimensional composition
employ a vocabulary of marks, textures and tones to pictorial situations
2.3Develop skills and techniques to observe and record information through drawing
use tone perspective and proportion to represent forms in space
identify and control conventions of drawing 3-dimensional objects in space
construct and control imagined arrangements and viewpoints of objects in space
2.4Develop an understanding of how forms can activate and define sites/spaces
analyse and test a single idea in a specific location
Develop skills in translating 2-dimensional drawn information into 3-dimensional structures
demonstrate control of material in relation to structure
Use drawing to analyse and define site/space
2.5Understand selected discourses and practices and their relevance to visual arts and design
produce written comparisons and analyses of selected texts
produce oral and written descriptions of self-practice
use conventional forms of writing to analyse texts
participate in conventional presentations of outcomes
test the use of selected methods in the production of works
2.6Understand assessment methodology within the context of an educational institution
develop a vocabulary for describing work
demonstrate the ability to interpret and analyse objectives participate in group and class critiques
consider and reflect upon self and peer design decisions
participate in formative assessment
3.1Observational drawing
Line, tone, mark making
perspective, proportion, scalecontrol of media
2-dimensional compositions
Stylistic and genre consideration
3.22-dimensional composition
material considerations
integration of motifs and marks
vocabulary of drawing
figure/field relationships
Abstract space/illusory space
3.33-dimensional drawing design and construction techniques
Architectural space
Relationships between design and construction
relationships between object and site/spacedesign and construction
3.4Communicating with a range of cultures
Content of interest to a Mori audience
New Zealand cultural identities
Content from at least one other culture
Modes of address appropriate to the audience
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lecturer prescribes procedures for developing responses to project briefs.
Lecturer prescribes and monitors each stage of a project.
Students research content for their own projects.
Lecturer initiates and monitors student research.
Lecturer prescribes structure for working through stages of a project.
Lecturer identifies lapses in students' process and proposes strategies for addressing the situation.
Lecturer structures and monitors class discussions, eg lecturer provides set questions for critiques.
Lecturer prescribes exercises to develop written and oral presentation skills.Students develop written documentation of their work (discussions, decision making and preferences).
Students participate in formative assessment, lecturer provides questions.
Lecturer performs graded assessment.
Assessment Criteria
To pass this course, students must pass all assignments and accumulate an overall course mark of no less than 50