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DCA9500 Creative Arts Exegesis and Practice A

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Creat Arts Exegesis & Prac A
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 109999 - Creative Arts not elsewhere cl
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Beata Batorowicz


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the DCAR Program

Other requisites

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


This course offers students the ability to acquire advanced understanding of the process of exegesis writing and to be engaged in creative arts practice-led research. This course offers creative arts researchers the opportunity to investigate their own original contribution within an exegesis context that is aligned to professional arts practice at the highest level.


The course offers critical approaches to writing an exegesis for creative arts practitioners. This is a high-level base course that will provide students the research grounding and skills to best position their practice within a research context. Students will be offered the opportunity to investigate and gain greater awareness of the different approaches to the exegesis form, style and content within their specific creative arts field or hybrid arts- practice research. Given this knowledge, students will be highly self-directed, while working closely with their supervisor in their strategic approach to their exegesis design and approach to practice-led research.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. application of advanced knowledge in practice-led research and the production of an exegesis to develop an original contribution within the creative arts field
  2. expertise in critical evaluation, analysis and reflection regarding the approach, design and content of the exegesis in relation to creative arts practice
  3. demonstrate knowledge of professional creative arts research in light of the diverse range of exegesis approaching reflecting professional standards
  4. a high level of research competence, effective communication skills and intellectual independence in navigating historical, theoretical, cultural and ethical contexts within the creative arts exegesis and practice.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Topics and their weighting will be determined for each student at the beginning of the semester of offer. Topics will reflect each student’s proposed exegesis. 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.
Barrett, E & Bolt, B (eds) 2007, Practice as research: approaches to creative arts enquiry, IB Tauris, London and New York.
(Gaylene Perry 'History documents, arts reveals: creative writing as research'.)
Bolt, B & Barrett, E (eds) 2014, Material inventions: applying creative research, IB Tauris, London.
Grant, C & Rubin, P (eds) 2012, Creative writing and art history, Blackwell Publishing, West Sussex, United Kingdom.
Harper, G & Kroll, J (eds) 2008, Creative writing studies: practice, research and pedagogy, Multilingual Matters Ltd, Clevedon, UK.
Paltridge, S & Starfield, S (eds) 2014, Doctoral writing in the creative and performing arts, Libri London.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 40.00
Practice 160.00
Private Study 130.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes

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.

    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.

    On-campus: 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 for that item. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  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 items for the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination 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