Life Drawing

15 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5SD504

Education cycle
First cycle
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 4 November 2015
Responsible department
Department of Game Design

General provisions

Supplemental Field of Study

Expression in Convergent Media

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate good understanding of drawing by being able to analyse the human form and express the human form in motion, even without a reference.
  • Demonstrate deeper understanding of form and be able to think sculpturally.
  • Express the human character with dynamics and balance as well as displaying a good understanding of the structure of the body and anatomy without a model reference.


The course gives the student a good understanding of expression of the human form. By intense studying of models but also by theoretical lectures the student is taught how to express a human from an analytical perspective. The student is given a basic understanding in drawing with the focus on movement, dynamics, form, volume and perspective as well as deeper understanding of anatomy with focus on rhythm, balance and structure of the skeleton and the muscles. In addition, theoretical lectures will give a deeper understanding and tools for further studies. The course will cover different techniques including how to apply value, light, and shadow to create atmosphere.

The course will also include a sculpturing workshop where the students gets to transfer their construction knowledge into clay.


This course combines lectures and workshops under supervision.


The course is examined with a project submission from the student. All exercises have mandatory attendance. The grading of the course is in the form of pass or fail.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Uppsala University does not accept cheating or plagiarism. Suspected incidents of cheating or plagiarism are reported to the Vice-Chancellor, which may issue a formal warning to the student or suspend the student from studies for a certain period.

NOTE: Only a completed courses can count toward a degree.

Other directives

The course substitutes/overlaps the course Life Drawing(5SD012) at Uppsala University