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VSA3004 Contemporary Art Practice 4

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Contemporary Art Practice 4
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100301 - Fine Arts
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Stephen Spurrier


Pre-requisite: VSA2002 and VSA2003


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

For 3rd Year courses: This course is essential in offering students an extensive understanding of studio research and research methodologies within a contemporary art context. The course is designed for students engaging in practical and/or theoretical work at an advanced level and offers blended learning opportunities via on campus and external modes.

In on-campus and external modes students learn advanced concepts, techniques and skills to analyse, apply and critically engage with visual art research and also understand its significance in relation to other creative art disciplines within the central topic of Identity. This course is integral to further understanding of Here and Now within VSA3005 Contemporary Art Practice 5 and BCA3001 Project B. Through this approach, this course is pertinent as a pathway for students wanting to undertake honours and postgraduate studies. This course and VSA3005 Contemporary Art Practice 5 are the capstone courses for studio practice and research and these two courses form the knowledge and skills for further study in Honours & Post-graduate research.


This course builds on Contemporary Art Practice 2 and 3 courses by addressing studio research within a contemporary art context at an advanced level. In particular, the course focuses on students being competent in identifying, analysing and applying research methodologies within their own art practice and/or within their own writing. This is further enhanced by the course content also providing an informed application of current theoretical discourse and practical examples of research methodologies within the contemporary art field. The course encourages both professional research engagement in order for students to further demonstrate research skills within visual art practice and theory. On completion of this course, students will acquire appropriate skills and resources which will allow them to pursue further studies (Honours and post-graduate).


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

  1. know how and why to exhibit arts practice appropriately within a professional environment
  2. research and critically evaluate different research methods and processes within both contemporary art practice and or theory
  3. produce a body of work that effectively includes professional creative concepts, experimental methods and solutions
  4. communicate, contextualise and manage their studio practice and research
  5. work independently, collaboratively or within the discipline of hybrid practice
  6. critically examine complex professional issues involved within the visual arts on a regional, national and international level.


Description Weighting(%)
1. ON-CAMPUS: Students will undertake work in either one or more studios including: painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture and hybrid practice

EXTERNAL: In consultation with their supervisor, students will complete research in relevant theoretical discourses and/or practical work in their studio area of specialisation.

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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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.
Barrett, E & Bolt, B 2007, Practice as research: approaches to creative arts enquiry, Tauris & Co, London.
Lerman, L & Borstel K 2003, Critical response process, Dance Exchange Inc.
Richards, J (ed) 2004, Inside the studio: two decades of talks with artists in New York, Independent Curators International, New York.
Stiles, K & Selz P (eds) 2012, Theories and documents of contemporary art: a sourcebook of artists' writings, 2nd edn, University of California Press, Berkeley.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 24.00
Independent Study 141.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 20 18 Mar 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 80 10 Jun 2019

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:
    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

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.