SOAD Foundation Studies offers a range of courses that support future creative practice for students from all visual arts and design disciplines. These courses introduce different skills and concepts that incorporate traditional and contemporary ideas of making, thinking and investigating. This enables students to effectively link their curiosity and imagination with their practical and theoretical knowledge to become independent practice-led researchers, professional artists and designers.
All courses are taught by academics who are practicing artists and designers, and who actively contribute to research in their fields. Discussion and critical appraisal are important additions to observation, concept and practical development. Occupational health and safety instructions form an integral part of our courses. Foundation Studies strives to provide a safe and inclusive teaching and learning environment and is taking student engagement seriously.
1000 level courses
The 1000 level courses are designed to build confidence and provide invaluable foundational skills for students in their first year of their visual arts or design degree. These courses are also extremely popular as electives, and are taken by undergraduate students from different programs across the university. For example, read more about Figure & Life Drawing for the 21st Century Graduate, https://nitro.edu.au/articles/2017/11/30/life-drawing-for-the-21st-century-graduate.
Projects and activities are designed to introduce a range of skills and theories relating to image and object making, the human form, time-based work and constructive imagination. The application of two-dimensional and three-dimensional representation and topics such as composition, the dynamics of colour, model making, and pictorial space are explored.
2000 level courses co-taught with 6000 level
These specialised courses provide second year visual arts and design students with a critical awareness of the skills necessary for an artist to practice professionally. These courses are co-taught to post graduate students who also wish to further develop learning experiences within a professional framework. Engaged through projects and internships, students are made aware of the professional work environments within the broader cultural community in which they are planning to take an active part in, and contribute to.
3000 level courses
These research based courses provide the critical knowledge and analytical skills to support Visual Arts & Design students in the final year of their undergraduate program, better preparing them for their graduation exhibition. They also support students who wish to continue and advance their individual practice-led research through an honours degree, or through future postgraduatepractice-led research programs. Practice-led research is an approach that allows a visual artist or craftsperson to incorporate their creative practice into research, therefore legitimising the knowledge they reveal by endorsing the methodologies, methods and research tools that are characteristic of that discipline.