Introduction to portrait and figure drawing ADED11787

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces the beginner to accurate drawing of the human head and figure. You will learn about proportion, perspective and basic anatomy, how to use various drawing techniques and media in a series of simple lessons, exercises and demonstrations. By the end of the course you will be able to produce a likeness of the human form.


Block 1

2 hours pw for 10 weeks


10.00 - 12.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Develop skills in portrait drawing including how to 'see' like an artist.

■ Familiarise the student with a variety of drawing techniques, media and equipment.

■ Teach the student how to draw subject matter that is accurate in proportion in a variety of styles.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Practically demonstrate how to draw portraits and the human figure technically and accurately in line and tone, texture and colours.

■ Show creativity in the use of a variety of drawing techniques, media and style.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits