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2D Discourses, Techniques and Technology

This subjectis part of the Languages, Techniques and Technologies discipline

  • Studies: Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts
  • Credits: 6 ECTS
  • Year: First year
  • Type: Required
  • Subject code: GB04


This subject, included in the Languages, Techniques and Technologies discipline, is mainly a practical workshop and experimentation space. As do all the subjects within this discipline, it relates the understanding of materials and their properties together with the acquisition of different techniques and technologies to the emergence of language and the aesthetic and communicative aspects of artistic practice. Within the 2D context, i.e. focusing on the two-dimensional field, this subject will allow the exploration of notions of surface, screen and pictorial plane, approaching them both in relation to the support as well as to the space of representation and the production of the image. This exploration will be carried out transversally and through different media such as photography or painting. The practical experimentation is also considered in relation to different frameworks of artistic reference, both contemporary and historical, which allow each way of working to be put into perspective within a larger and more complex context.


Introduction to two-dimensional media, critical approach to its genealogies and basic concepts. Technical imagination and two-dimensional media. Introduction to workshops, their operation, safety matters and use of equipment. Initial exploration of pictorial, photographic and graphic techniques, their relationship and hybridizations, introducing the articulation between intrinsic qualities and associative resonances of procedures and materials. The screen, the pictorial plane and the surface. Introduction to registration procedures and sensitive materials. Fields and reticles. Elements of composition, balance, weight. Use of color, value and texture. Representation and production of images, from the document to illusionism. The three-dimensional space within the two-dimensional space. Framing, tension with the limit and point of view. The capture of time, movement, expression. Introduction to the organization of two-dimensional work processes, their documents and tools. Ideation, development, conceptualization and production of two-dimensional works.

Learning outcomes

  • Ability to analyze own training needs and learning with a high degree of autonomy in all types of contexts (structured or not).
  • Elaboration of orthographically and grammatically correct reports and written documents (mainly of a technical nature) in Catalan, Spanish and English.
  • Definition of personal learning objectives and design of coherent and realistic development processes with the same objectives and within the time available.
  • Conduct of investigations integrating a feminist and egalitarian perspective.
  • Planning and execution of two-dimensional work processes with the correct use of techniques and tools.
  • Analysis of the problems and specific conditions of working with two-dimensional media and formats and ability to address them explicitly in practice.
  • Choose adequately among the different techniques, technologies and materials according to the needs of the work processes with two-dimensional media.
  • Adequately and effectively indicate, through verbal and non-verbal means, the precedents, reference and discursive context frameworks, as well as the features and formal qualities that should be taken into account preferentially in a work done with two-dimensional media.


Rebecca G. Mutell, PhD in Fine Arts. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Image)

Rebecca G. Mutell

PhD in Fine Arts. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Image)

Rasmus Nilausen, Master in fine Arts. Pictorial practices

Rasmus Nilausen

Master in fine Arts. Pictorial practices