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VSA2003 Contemporary Art Practice 3

Semester 2, 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: Alexis Tacey
Moderator: Kyle Jenkins


Pre-requisite: VSA1001 and VSA2002


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

For 2nd Year courses: Students are concerned with a greater development of technical, conceptual, practical and observational skills related to the various studio and research practices in which they are engaged within the central topic of Artist Processes. In on-campus and external modes, students learn advanced concepts, techniques and skills in order to critically apply and professionally engage with their art practice. Through independent and / or collaborative learning this course will effectively emphasise the professional issues associated with the arts industry, specifically looking at how artists, develop, think about, research and produce work that is based on the links between conceptual intention and visual outcome. This course is integral to further understanding of Identity within VSA3004 Contemporary Art Practice 4 and BCA3000 Project A. Students will gain an awareness of the potential career pathways within the visual arts and the broader creative art industry.


This course is concerned with developing a personal ideology based on the student's interests and concepts they wish to research and create through their practice. Students work more independently in this course and create a finished body of work which demonstrates more creative and technical proficiency. This course enables students to critique and analyse historical and contemporary artworks as a means of understanding and contextualise and reflecting on their own art practice. Students will gain a breadth of research and professional skills.


On completion of this course students will:

  1. analyse and evaluate ideas related to the criticality of both art practice and research
  2. develop an understanding of materials, processes and use of equipment and how to apply them through practice
  3. communicate visually and/or in writing by clearly and logically expressing ideas pertaining to practices and concepts inherent within traditional and hybridised artistic outcomes
  4. work independently thereby developing ideas that encourage an emerging personal philosophy based on the application of research, analysis and practical outcomes
  5. examine a wide range of regional, national and international perspectives in contemporary art practice.


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 EXTERMAL 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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  • Press play: contemporary artists in conversation , 2005, Phaidon Press, New York.

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.
  • Bochner, M, Antoni, J, Golub, L & Muniz, V 2004, Inside the studio: talks with New York artists, Independent Curators International, New York.
  • Lind, M 2013, Abstraction (Whitechapel: documents of contemporary art) series, MIT Press, Cambridge.
  • Osborne P 2013, Anywhere or not at all:philosophy of contemporary art, Verso, New York.
  • Stiles, K & Selz, P, (eds) 2012, Theories and documents of contemporary art: a sourcebook of artists' writings (California studies in the history of art), University of California Press, Berkeley.
  • Journals/Magazines: Parkett.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Lectures 78.00
Private Study 74.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 20 02 Nov 2015
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 80 02 Nov 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.