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CAEL1001: Contemporary Drawing: Experimental

Semester 2, 2023 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Experimental Drawing encourages you to develop your own visual language as a catalyst for creative thought and a means to develop greater visual literacy. Through an in-depth studio investigation into a variety of modes, approaches, materials, tools and techniques, Experimental Drawing opens the field of drawing into the exploration and discovery of new and interdisciplinary methods of mark making and visual communication. You will be encouraged to take risks, be innovative, work collaboratively, and stretch your perceptions of the medium by translating these experiences into a unique and speculative approach to the processes of drawing and mark making. In addition to studio based activities and production where you will develop a portfolio and establish archives of source material that you can draw on for future creative endeavours and experimentation, you will participate in peer-evaluation and undertake theoretical research.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CAEL1001
Academic unit Sydney College of the Arts
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Madeleine Kelly,
Lecturer(s) Sue Pedley,
Lisa Andrew,
Pia Larsen,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Small continuous assessment Visual diary/research file
Requirement to demonstrate engagement
25% Formal exam period
Due date: 17 Nov 2023 at 17:00
1125 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5 LO4
Creative assessment / demonstration Self-directed project work
Performance, recital or jury assessment of performance or exhibition
40% Formal exam period
Due date: 17 Nov 2023 at 17:00
creative work equivalent to 1800wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Creative assessment / demonstration Curated set project work: 5 selected drawings
Performance, recital or jury assessment of performance or exhibition
35% Week 06
Due date: 04 Sep 2023 at 17:00
creative work equivalent to 1575 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

The grade appropriate to course work that fulfills the requirements of the course and meets the assessment criteria to an exceptionally high degree.


75 - 84

The grade appropriate to course work that fulfills the requirements of the course and meets the assessment criteria to a high level.


65 - 74

The grade appropriate to course work that fulfills the requirements of the course and meets the assessment criteria to a satisfactory level, some to an exceptional or most to a high level.


50 - 64

The grade appropriate to course work that fulfills the requirements of the course and meets the assessment criteria to a satisfactory level.


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Drawing the unseen - line Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 02 Performativity and gesture Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 03 Light and tone Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 04 Drawing back into collage Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 05 Addition and erasure Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 06 Assessment presentation - 5 drawings & 5 pages of Visual Diary Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 07 Variable scale Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 08 The mark 1 Online class (2 hr)  
Week 09 The mark 2 Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 10 Colour Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 11 Self-directed project Online class (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Self-directed project Online class (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Self-directed project Online class (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Additional requirements from Sydney College of the Arts

  • Students must attend a minimum of 90% of timetabled activities for this unit of study, unless granted exemption by the Unit Coordinator.
  • All assignments are compulsory and must be attempted. 
  • You must attend scheduled assessments to be eligible to pass. Non-attendance at assessment on any grounds insufficient to claim special consideration will result in the forfeiture of marks associated with the assessment. 


Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings


  • Davidson, Margaret. Contemporary Drawing: key concepts and techniques / New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2018
  • McIntyre, Arthur. Australian Contemporary Drawing: Resurgence and redefinition Bowen Hills, Qld: Boolrarong, 1988 
  • Teel Sale, Claudia Betti. Drawing: a contemporary approach, Belmont, Calif. : Thomson/Wadsworth, 2008

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of contemporary art practices, histories and theories
  • LO2. communicate their ideas creatively and effectively
  • LO3. demonstrate rigorous and independent thinking
  • LO4. engage critically with social, cultural and ethical issues and apply local and international perspectives to extend their creative practice
  • LO5. use appropriate technologies and media to effectively gather information
  • LO6. critically evaluate information.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Since this unit was last offered, the assessment types have been updated so they do not trigger the simple extensions system. Equivalent word counts were also entered.


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