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VSA3005 Contemporary Art Practice 5

Semester 2, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Stephen Spurrier
Moderator: Kyle Jenkins


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCRA or BEDU

Other requisites

There are no pre-requisites for this course however it is advisable that students have completed Contemporary Art Practice 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Arts Management).


During this semester students are offered the option of working in a studio or studios of
their choice in a professional manner using skills gained from either Studio Practice or
Arts Management. Under the care of selected supervisors students will produce a body of
work and associated research suitable for a high quality exhibition. NOTE: Arts
Management is the only area available to External students. On campus students can only
choose Studio Practice.


This course is concerned with building a range of skills and concepts within a chosen area of study. By using skills gained from two or more units of Studio Practice, or Arts Management students will be able to produce original work of a high level, comparable to professional industry standards. Students can choose to base their project within either the 2D Studio (Painting and Printmaking) or the 3D Studio (Ceramics and Spatial Construction) or they can choose to develop a hybrid practice which incorporates both 2D and 3D studios or the Arts Management stream. Each area will be reinforced by discussion on contemporary arts/crafts practice and theory. NOTE: Arts Management is the only area available to External students. On campus students can only choose Studio Practice.


On completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. an understanding of the underpinning issues within their practise and how to problem solve them through practice and experimentation and research;
  2. an ability to apply principles of design;
  3. the ability to see things analytically and critically and record or exhibit them appropriately;
  4. the ability to develop concepts and deliver a professional standard of work;
  5. a growing appreciation of the nexus between theory and practice as a basis of lifelong learning;
  6. skills in the correct, safe handling of materials and processes in each discipline;
  7. management, planning and organisation skills, including a capacity for professional autonomy and work habits required for continuing studio practice;
  8. a broad ethical disposition relating to workplace practice and the profession through the exhibition and development of studio ethics;
  9. an understanding of professional discourse and arts management;
  10. written communication skills appropriate to the task of producing a focused journal and portfolio;
  11. oral communication skills by providing a rationale for their project and project focus.


Description Weighting(%)
1. On campus students choose a maximum of two studios from the 2D or 3D Studio areas The 2D studio area incorporates Painting and Printmaking (with drawing imbedded within these) and the 3d studio area Ceramics and Spatial Construction. 100 PAINTING Studies (On campus only) include (by way of Lectures, Demonstrations, Student Practice and Set Projects): (a) Approaches to painting techniques, processes and media, both traditional and contemporary; (b) Elements of composition, and proportion, and colour theory; (c) Theory of historical and contemporary art practice. PRINTMAKING Studies (On campus only) include: (a) Development of the history and nature of Artists Books; (b) Advanced multi-plate etchings; (c) Large scale screenprinting; (d) Installation print techniques; (e) Advanced Artists Books processes. CERAMICS Studies (On campus only) include: (a) Development and resolution of ceramic practice; (b) Integration with other disciplines; (c) Analysis of contemporary artists' work and its placement within contemporary contexts; (d) Resolution of form and surface and relationship with space. SPATIAL CONSTRUCTION Studies (On campus only) include: (a) The nature and language of construction both theoretical and practical; (b) Contemporary approaches to design and spatial practice; (c) Exploration of materials, techniques and processes in traditional and non-traditional installation and object design; (e) Analysis of work produced by selected artists. 100.00
2. OR ARTS MANAGEMENT: Professional Placement; Exhibition (External) Studies include: (a) Venue Research (b) Progress Report (c) Final Report 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Rouette, G 2007, Exhibitions: a practical guide for small museums and galleries, Museums Australia (Victoria), Carlton South, Melbourne, Victoria.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Benjamin, A & Osborne, P (eds) 1991, Thinking art; beyond traditional aesthetics, Institute of Contemporary Art, London.
  • Bryson, N, Holly, M A & Moxey, K (eds) 1991, Visual theory: painting and interpretation, Polity Press, Cambridge.
  • Collinson, D 1988, Fifty major philosophers: a reference guide, Routledge, New York, London.
  • Cooper, D 1996, World philosophies: an historical introduction, Blackwell, Oxford, Cambridge, MA.
  • Danto, A C 1986, The philosophical disenfranchisement of art, Columbia University Press, new York.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 165.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
EXHIBITION PROPOSAL 500 WORDS 100 10 13 Aug 2012 (see note 1)
PROGRESS REPORT 1500 WORDS 100 30 03 Sep 2012 (see note 2)
EXHIBITION & FINAL REPORT 100 60 29 Oct 2012 (see note 3)

  1. Progressive Assessment 1: Curatorial proposal, includes details of proposed venue, how you want to use the space, timeline, budget and living contemporary artists. This proposal should be valid and be able to be submitted to the said venue. 500 words This assessment item is aligned with all Objectives.
  2. Progressive Assessment 2: Details of confirmed venue, letter of agreement. Details of confirmed artist and copy of correspondences sent to date. Exhibition design and press release. This proposal should be valid and be able to be submitted to the said venue. 1500 wordsThis assessment item is aligned with all Objectives.
  3. Exhibition installation, de-installation, management and documentation. Assessment is principally through evidence and report. Evidence is all material, contacts, emails, press clippings, etc. This must be clearly organised. This must be accompanied by report, detailing all objectives, issues and outcomes accompanied by labelled photographic evidence. Due during week 16 of the semester and students will be advised of the due date. Report 1500 words, in report form not essay format. This assessment item is aligned with all Objectives.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. There will be regular studio critiques to review students' work in progress.

  3. Students will be expected to satisfactorily complete all studio requirements in order to pass the course.

  4. It is essential from the point of view of sequential learning and an understanding of workplace, health and safety issues and practices that students aim at full attendance in all workshops. Medical certification or appropriate documentation must be produced in cases of non attendance.

  5. All required assessment items must be presented a scheduled assessment times for a student to be considered for assessment.