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VSA2004 Visual Arts Project 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: Stephen Spurrier
Moderator: Kyle Jenkins


Pre-requisite: VSA1005


This course is offered in ON-CAMPUS mode as STUDIO PRACTICE and EXTERNAL mode as STUDIO RESEARCH.
This course further develops the concepts introduced in Studio Project 1, which provides the opportunity for students to further investigate and develop a project, which is self-initiated. Studio Project 2 involves students developing a negotiated thematic program of practice. This includes both conceptual and research processes, which explore and expand visual art practice. This is the second of five project courses for first, second and third year which present students with opportunities for specialised, in-depth studio practice and related research in their chosen media.
In this course students will be expected to investigate and develop a body of work, which expresses appropriate development at this level. This process involves students developing a sound level of conceptual understanding and competence, research skills, studio experiments and materials knowledge in order to explore and extend their visual arts practice.
The student will be introduced to the various career pathways within the arts industry. This includes: practicing artist; curator; gallery administrator; art education officer, art teacher and art writer. This background enables the student to tailor their learning according to their career aspirations.
This course is a pathway for VSA2005 VSA Project 3.


Where applicable this course complements the workshops undertaken in Contemporary Art Practice Two. Students develop a proposal, in consultation with supervisors and consult regularly with their studio lecturers in order to develop a complete body of work. This course enables students to extend and contextualize their skills, concepts and research processes into a finished project. Continued understanding of WHS issues will be further developed.
This practice will be addressed concurrently throughout the semester with the student presenting for regular critiques of work in progress. This is the second of a sequence of project courses presenting students with opportunities for specialized, in depth studio practice and related research.


On completion of this course students will:

  1. develop further their knowledge of materials and concepts
  2. explore and analyse the reflexivity and criticality of art research and practice
  3. apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realize forms of creative expression
  4. communicate visually/orally and/or in writing by clearly and logically expressing ideas pertaining to practices and concepts inherent within traditional and hybridised artistic outcomes
  5. work independently to develop ideas, which encourage an emerging personal philosophy based on research analysis and developed outcomes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Selection of one or more studios from Painting, Ceramics, Printmaking, Sculpture, Drawing and Hybrid Practice for students who are ON-CAMPUS study for this course.

For students who are studying this course EXTERNALLY 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 and utilise various sources and materials as a way of demonstrating the outcomes of their arts practice. The list of reference materials below will assist with answering all assignments as well as developing research related to studios.

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.
  • Hughes, R 2002, Nothing if not critical: selected essays on art and artists, Penguin Books, London.
  • Lind, M 2013, Abstraction (Whitechapel: documents of contemporary art) series, MIT Press, Cambridge.
  • Stiles, K & Selz, P 2012, Theories and documents in contemporary art: a source book of artists' writings (California studies in the history of art), University of California Press, Berkeley.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Lectures 21.00
Private Study or Research 118.00
Tutorials or Studio 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 16 Mar 2015
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 30 04 May 2015
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 60 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.