Drawing 1: Exploring Drawing Media

Course Level: 1 (HE4) | HE Credits: 40 | Approx. Duration: 12 months at 8hrs/week


Exploring Drawing Media investigates a range of approaches to drawing that open up the possibilities for making, thinking and enabling you to enrich your creative outcomes with new methods.

This unit expands upon a contemporary view of drawing with an exploration of a wide range of media. This is complimented with examples from contemporary practitioners and within the wider contemporary arts world. You will be required to develop your use of drawing media, including fluid media and collage as well as appropriating mediums for the development of a drawing in three-dimensions. You will also explore the contemporary idea of drawing as ‘process’, where your choice of medium and act of making opens up the imaginative realm. The final assignment will allow you to develop your own ideas in relation to the preceding assignments. You may choose to work with one media or a combination of processes and media which demonstrate your technical abilities as well as your passionate response to all that you have learnt on the course.

The unit also requires the development of critical research and a reflective commentary in the form of a learning log. This will involve the following-up and researching of art, artists and methods within the teaching materials as well as those suggested by your tutor. You will also learn to discern your successes and weaknesses of your completed work through the writing of a reflective commentary that aims to develop in you a growing awareness of your practice.

This unit is a requirement for all students on the BA Drawing pathway.


The course aims to:

  • A1 experiment with a broad range of drawing and methods;
  • A2 explore new skills, techniques and methods in your drawing practice;
  • A3 develop an understanding of your drawing skills and how to use them in your practice;
  • A4 develop your knowledge of historical and contemporary drawing practitioners and use reflection to develop your own learning.


On satisfactory completion of the unit you will be able to:

  • employ a broad range of media in your drawing practice;
  • demonstrate an ability to employ new skills and techniques in your drawing practice;
  • use your drawing skills to develop a body of work that explores a personal line of enquiry;
  • understand the historical and contemporary contexts that inform your work and reflect on your own learning experience.

Course content

  • Fluid Media
  • Collage
  • Drawing in three-dimensions
  • Process
  • Exploring Drawing Media (develop the final project based on your own interests and what has appealed to you in this project).

Unit Leader

Emma Drye

Unit Leader for Drawing 1: Exploring Drawing Media

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“I teach across the levels at OCA and am a Fine Art Assessor. I am also a course author. I have written two course books to date for the college and am currently writing the third. In my teaching I am particularly interested in developing sustainability within a student’s practice by focusing on their own developing aspirations…”

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