Short course

Painting and Drawing

Develop painting and drawing skills for a more rewarding personal or professional practice.


Please note: This course is made up of four unique intakes priced at $1000 each. Learners are encouraged to register for all four intakes, for a total course cost of $4000. Discounts for alumni and staff are available. More information

Authentic drawing and painting practices are increasingly important in our daily lives, workplaces and community settings. They enable creative expression, allow us to communicate with others in meaningful ways, challenge norms, and shift options. Mindful practice can also improve wellbeing and provide inroads to sense-making in an increasingly complex world.

This studio draws on traditional skills, new techniques, practical approaches to contemporary formats, and highly valued research methods drawing upon acute observation, reflection and artisan skills to equip you to develop compelling and contemporary drawing and painting practices.

Taught by performance experts from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, you will learn to draw and paint using a variety of techniques in a range of scales and formats, and apply these skills and methods to create an installation, exhibition, or performance-based project for various creative industries, community and professional contexts.

Delivered in face-to-face workshops at our world-class Southbank facilities, the studio is designed to reflect current industry practices. You will act in various ‘creative’ roles, work with others toward a creative project, and learn about production processes unique to working in a small team sharing a creative vision. Along with honing your technical skills, this highly active learning environment will build your confidence, collaborative capacity, and industry know-how so you can use painting and drawing to have an impact.

The Painting and Drawing Studio is part of Creative Arts Studios – a year-long series of immersive short courses delivered over four learning periods.

Other Creative Art Studios include:

Who is it for?

This studio is ideal for anyone who is interested in developing a new skill, honing an existing practice, or using painting and drawing to impart your perspective or influence others in community and workplace settings, as well as in personal or group projects. If you enjoy learning practical techniques, collaborating in creative teams and sharing ideas, this studio is for you.

There are no eligibility requirements.

What you will learn

In a series of workshop exercises, you will learn to activate your painting and drawing skills, find your unique style, and how to use it in a range of contexts. You will learn to exhibit to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences, manage multiple viewpoints while moderating your own, and to work in a range of roles for public display projects so you can successfully bring exhibitions and installations to fruition.

Each intake focuses on a different area of content. Key content areas include:

  • Finding your creative ‘hand’ – developing unique painting and drawing skills and approaches and defining their primary performance purpose
  • Roles and responsibilities essential to contemporary exhibition and installation practices
  • Analysing historical, technical and contemporary approaches to painting and drawing
  • Collaborative creative projects working with others.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Identify and use painting and drawing skills and techniques appropriate to a range of scales and formats

2. Understand the complex roles and collaborative responsibilities of exhibitions, installations and performances

3. Select from a range of historical, technical and contemporary knowledges to inform a memorable and meaningful practice

4. Collaborate with others for compelling creative productions.


  • This studio runs over one year, delivered in four intakes.
  • Each intakes comprises eight, three-hour sessions. This amounts to 24 hours for each intake, or 96 hours over the entire year.
  • Learners may register for individual intakes, but are encouraged to register for all four intakes.


Early bird discount is available for this course. Check the individual intake pages for information.

Please contact Student Support for the following discounts:

  1. University of Melbourne staff discount
  2. University of Melbourne alumni discount.

Payment options

  • To pay by credit card, please enter your card details at the checkout screen when booking into the course.
  • To pay by invoice, please contact student support.
  • If you are experiencing any difficulties with the checkout process, please contact student support.

Upcoming intakes

Wednesday 28 April 2021

Wednesday 21 July 2021

Wednesday 13 October 2021

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