Drawing and painting: composition ADED2002E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This practical art course is designed to develop the student's awareness of composition in their art. The major components of composition will be studied: shape, form, colour, light, surface quality, movement and space. Students will produce practical work in two-dimensional media that demonstrates increasing perception of composition in their art. Students will also research the different ways in which modern artists have approached the structure of composition in their art.


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Requirements of Entry

Students must have completed at least one Practical Art course at Level 1, or equivalent, and will be admitted to the course at the discretion of the tutor.

Excluded Courses





Practical project work (home and studio) 40%; assignment/sketchbooks (40%); class contribution (contribution to discussions and commitment to course) 5%; essay (2,000-2,500 words) 15%.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Increase levels of visual perception with reference to composition in the visual arts

■ Make students aware of the different elements of composition and demonstrate this understanding in their practical work

■ Build upon the student's understanding of colour, form, light and space as taught in Level 1 courses

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Personal creativity is at the heart of all art and, by the end of the course, students will be expected to be able to:

■ Demonstrate an enquiring attitude to working with a 2-dimensional medium of expression

■ Develop practical skills in their approach to composition, appropriate to the medium

■ Select relevant source material for their work

■ Develop ways of recording this material and incorporating it into their creative work

■ Generate novel and personal images

■ Understand the different approaches to composition in art history through the study of artists' use of shape, form, colour, light, surface quality, movement and space

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.