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BCA4000 Research Methods in Studio Practice

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Beata Batorowicz
Moderator: Janet McDonald


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MSTA

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.

Students MUST have completed appropriate a discipline studio specific courses in their chosen creative arts discipline (advice should be sought from BCAH Coordinator or Discipline Head) prior to enrolment in this course.

This course is offered as an option in Semester 1, instead of HMT4005 Research Design


This course offers Creative Art students an advanced critical understanding of their discipline and studio research methodologies. Through this approach, the course offers the opportunity for students to enhance their studio research outcomes and build their profile as professional artists within their chosen field(s). The breadth of skills and knowledge of practice-led/studio research methodologies will assist students in resolving their body of work as well as enhancing their preparation to further critically engage with their studio research at a PhD level.

The course is unique in its specifity of assisting students to apply traditional/theoretical research methodologies within a diverse range of creative research practices. Therefore, the course establishes a contemporary significance and relevance between theory, research and professional industries. A foundation to this course is to demonstrate the pertinent relationship and application of studio research methodologies within creative practice. Specifically, the course involves active studio engagement within the creative art industry.


This course builds upon BCA Project B and enables students to identify and critically apply research methods within their own studio practice. At an Honours level, it is important that the student is able to establish an informed grounding of how their studio research is positioned within a contemporary and professional art context.

The purpose of the course is to enable students to critically navigate between theory, individual research and the professional art industry. This will cover a diverse range different approaches to creative studio practices, theoretical and cultural positionings of the artist in order to facilitate the students understanding of the relationship between theoretical and studio based research.

The key learning outcome is to develop studio research outcomes via critical engagement with the contemporary art industry on a local, national and international level.

Students having completed the course will have a thorough understanding of their own studio research methodologies and how their work is positioned within the contemporary art industry.


On successful completion of this course students will have:

  1. the ability to produce a resolved body of studio work that explores the relationship between theory, studio research and professional creative industry;
  2. the knowledge to critically identify, apply and justify studio research methodologies within a body work and its positioning within the broader creative art context;
  3. a capacity to demonstrate active industry engagement and the production of studio research outcomes;
  4. the ability to contextualise studio reseach practice and its positioning with the local, national and international creative art context


Description Weighting(%)
1. Topics will be determined in consultation with supervisor, students will complete research and a resolved body of work within their chosen studio area. A combination of studio production, research, progress record keeping and regular contextualisation of actively engaging with industry will be required. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
  • These will be advised on the basis of the topics determined within the specific studio discipline or hybrid disciplines.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 57.00
Practice 80.00
Private Study 28.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT PROPOSAL 100 20 30 Mar 2013 (see note 1)
STUDIO RESEARCH IN PROGRESS 100 30 18 May 2013 (see note 2)
STUDIO RESEARCH OUTCOME 100 50 15 Jun 2013 (see note 3)

  1. Assessment is due during week 5 of the semester and students will be advised of the due date
  2. Students will have three progressive assesssments throughout the semester regardless of the studio they have chosen to undertake. Students need to obtain a 50% total overall (total of all three assessments added together) to achieve a pass grade.
  3. Assessment is due at the end of semester and students will be advised of the due date. Please note: All written essays or art statements need to have colour images and to use the Oxford Referencing System

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as
    lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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 requirments 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. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  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. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner’s convenience.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.

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

  3. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this 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. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

  9. 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 Fail 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.