First Year Experience (FYE)

FF162: Contemporary Practices

FF162: Contemporary Practices Course Description

Drawing in the twenty-first century is a dynamic field of inquiry characterized by a range of material and conceptual approaches. Building on analog and digital experiences from Drawing: Tradition and Innovation, this course provides students opportunities to enhance their drawing practice using a variety of media to: investigate the lens and the frame as formal and conceptual tools; articulate structural aspects of dimension and space; and explore aspects of time through sequential or iterative processes.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:


Student Learning Outcome Required Content

Synthesize strategies of ideation, iterative thinking and sequential investigation through drawing.







Iterative Thinking through Drawing

  • Developing an idea/form/image over time using drawing to visualize changes

    • Examples include: sketching, thumbnails, note-taking, schematics, diagrams, etc.
      • Using drawing to investigate a question/idea and/or to communicate an idea

    • Sample Assignment Links (from FDC Pilots):

Demonstrate the ability to articulate dimensional aspects of space and structure through drawing.
























Notions of Space and Structure

  • Exploring different types of space in drawing (illusory, pictorial, virtual, physical, etc.)

  • Exploring different perspectival drawing systems (linear perspective, axonometric projection, atmospheric perspective etc.)

  • Using 2D drawing to support the construction of a 3D form (analog and/or digital)

    • Examples may include: Technical drawing, architectural rendering, plans for sculptures, plans for installation or site-specific drawing etc.

  • Considering drawing as a verb (Therefore as an action that occurs in physical space)

    • Examples may include: Drawing with 3D forms in space, drawing with the body in space, drawing as an installation, site-specific drawing etc.

  • Sample Assignment links (from FDC pilots):
    Perspective Drawing
    Isometric Assignment
    Site-Specific Drawing
    3D Drawing
    Visual Journey - Shifting POV

  • Notions of Image and Sequence

Demonstrate their point of view through composition, cropping and framing in drawing.


Image Formation and Composition

  • Basic visual organization strategies (Including but not limited to the Elements and Principle of Design)

  • Emphasis on black and white media

Demonstrate an exploration of drawing in multiple dimensions.









Exploration of Drawing in Multiple Dimensions (2D, 3D and 4D)

  • Significance of using lens devices and other “framing” devices in drawing

    • May include: any lens or lens-like device, digital camera, cell-phone camera, analog view finders, homemade or invented devices, etc.

    • Basic visual organization strategies (Including but not limited to the Elements and Principles of Design)

    • Cropping images and discussions of “points of view” (literally and figuratively)

    • Sample Assignment links (from FDC pilots):
      Lens Project
      Life in a Jar

Interpret meaning through visual and verbal analysis of the observed world.

Determined by the Professor

Demonstrate skills in collaboration/teamwork. At least one group in class project or one team / pair homework assignment.