Courses & Units

Painting 1 FSP111


Painting is a dynamic art form that continues to captivate both artists and audiences alike. This course is tailored to students with a keen interest in contemporary art and a desire to acquire the fundamental principles of painting. By engaging in this unit, you will gain an understanding of painting and its significance within the realm of visual culture. You will have the opportunity to delve into a rich historical background of this medium as well as explore innovative directions. You will work through a series of exercises and undertake two set projects, all under the guidance of experienced teachers who will introduce you to traditional methods as well as contemporary approaches in painting. These exercises and projects will equip you with essential skills that can be further developed and experimented with. Your learning experience will be enriched through critical discussions and contextual research, enabling you to broaden your artistic horizons. Workplace health and safety are paramount in any art studio. This unit will provide you with vital information to ensure that you can work safely and sustainably with painting media.


Unit name Painting 1
Unit code FSP111
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Coordinator Doctor Anthony Curran
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge and skills to manipulate tools, materials and techniques in a range of paint media.
  • Respond to, and interpret a brief, to produce finished work.
  • Use writing and documentation to explore, develop and contextualise your engagement with paint media.
  • Apply WHS practices relevant to painting techniques, materials, equipment and workspaces.
  • Work collaboratively, constructively, and respectfully within group and individual learning contexts

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


AssessmentWHS Quiz|Task 1: Folio of technical exercises (20%)|Task 2: Adaptation and Critique (30%)|Task 3: Beyond the Still Life (50%)
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