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Painting 2: Mixed Media

Course Level: 2 (HE5) | HE Credits: 60 | Approx. Duration: 15 months at 10hrs/week


There will be a withdrawal of ‘Painting 2: Mixed Media’. This unit will no longer be available from 30 November 2018. Please note, students currently studying to this unit before the withdrawal date will be able to continue it to completion.

The Mixed Media painting course helps prepare you to sustain your art practice by providing a structured but experimental approach to your personal practice, giving you the confidence to develop and express ideas creatively and to expand your understanding of historic and contemporary art.

You will work through a series of projects which will broaden your knowledge of a range of artists, artworks, and genres.  Your final creative product will be the result of a combination of materials and methods borrowed primarily from painting but also from other artistic disciplines. Each section will focus on a particular area of Mixed Media within contemporary Fine Art practice, and will develop your understanding of the historical context through testing of a variety of practical models and techniques, and encourage you to pursue an individual and inventive art practice.


The course aims to:

  • A1 Deepen confidence in experimentation with a wide range of techniques and materials
  • A2 Develop a broad range of techniques and learn to apply these in a variety of ways
  • A3 Gain expertise in research, and the ability use this learning in personal work
  • A4 Develop critical skills in evaluating artists and art movements


On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • LO1 Demonstrate through practical exercises experimentation with a wide range of techniques and materials (A1)
  • LO2 Demonstrate the ability to use a broad range of techniques and to offer highly experimental and personal responses to personal work (A2)
  • LO3 Research visual ideas from a wide range of sources and develop these ideas through a critical review and art practice (A3)
  • LO4 Participate in the direction and design of your own learning experience. (A4)

Course content

There are five sections to the course:

  • Tactile and multiple surfaces: visual and physical texture, collage, low relief, the monochrome and (de)construction
  • Image and text: calligraphic mark-making, text as image, ‘found’ text, autobiography and identity
  • The appropriated and displaced image: found, repeated, multiple or temporary images, history, intimacy and narrative
  • The expanded picture plane: Shaped and fractured picture planes, frames, boxes and object paintings
  • The multi-dimensional image or scene: Objects, combines, three-dimensional images, real and illusory spaces and places, and a final self-directed project
  • Written element: A critical review of an exhibition, a comparison between the works/approaches of an historic and contemporary artist (or another topic specific to the theme of mixed media in fine art practice)