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VSA2002 Contemporary Art Practice 2

Semester 1, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Beata Batorowicz
Moderator: Stephen Spurrier


Pre-requisite: VSA1001 and VSA1002


This course is offered in ON-CAMPUS mode as STUDIO PRACTICE and EXTERNAL mode as STUDIO RESEARCH.

For 2nd Year courses: This course offers the opportunity for students to continue developing their practice research. Students are concerned with expanding their knowledge of technical, conceptual, practical and observational skills related to various studio and research practices developed within the central topic of Locality (how artists locate their work within a studio, research and history). In on-campus and external modes, students learn concepts, techniques and skills in order to critically apply and demonstrate skills and knowledge within the visual arts. Through independent and / or collaborative learning this course will identify the professional issues associated with the arts in preparation for undertaking art practice. This includes cross-disciplinary studio and hybrid practices as well as research. This course is integral to further understanding of Artist Processes within VSA2003 Contemporary Art Practice 3 and VSA Studio Project 3.


Students acquire technical, analytical and research skills within visual arts areas. This course includes lectures and discussions about contemporary art and craft; studio research and practice; and analysing the work of established professionals in order to increase student insight into their practices as well as looking at how artists position their work.
For ON-CAMPUS mode, students will undertake WH&S induction and continue to employ the safe handling of materials, processes and equipment.


On completion of this course students will:

  1. examine concepts related to artists and their practices (historical and contemporary), and the visual arts industry
  2. develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice.
  3. apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise completed works and creative forms of expression
  4. communicate in writing and or orally by clearly and logically expressing ideas pertaining to problem solving within practice and key concepts
  5. work independently to develop ideas, which encourage an emerging personal philosophy based on the application of research, analysis, and practical outcomes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. For students who are undertaking ON-CAMPUS study for this course: Selection of one or more studios from painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, drawing and hybrid practice.

Students undertaking EXTERNAL study for this course are to undertake self-initiated research (in consultation with the course lecturer) developing the topic area that will be discussed for the 3 assignments.

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no specific texts or materials required for this course. Students are required to research various sources as a way of demonstrating the varied and wide range of options. The list of reference materials below will assist with answering all assignments.

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.
  • Birnbaum, D, Butler, CH & Cotter, S 2011, Defining contemporary art: 25 years in 200 pivotal artworks, Phaidon Press, New York.
  • Bochner, M, Antoni, J, Golub, L & Muniz, V 2004, Inside the studio: talks with New York artists, Independent Curators International, New York.
  • Jacob, MJ & Grabner, M (eds) 2010, The studio reader, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
  • Lind, M 2013, Abstraction (Whitechapel: documents of contemporary art) series, MIT Press, Cambridge.
  • Stiles, K, Selz, P (eds), Theories and and documents of contemporary art: a sourcebook of artists' writings (California studies in the history of contemporary art).

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Lectures 16.00
Private Study 141.00
Tutorials 8.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 20 15 Jun 2015
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 80 15 Jun 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    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.

    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.

  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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    Not applicable

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable

  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

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.