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BCA8000 Aesthetic Dimensions

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Aesthetic Dimensions
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 : 100103 - Drama and Theatre Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Janet McDonald


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MSTA or MARA

Other requisites

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

It is strongly encouraged that students undertaking this course have a creative arts practice specific to either the Creative Media, Applied Media, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts or Creative Writing.


This course is designed to encourage students new to the Masters Program to orientate their creative arts practice in terms of its aesthetic expression. Students will share aesthetic ideas and experiences across all creative arts disciplines.


Aesthetics, expression, imitation, beauty, form, style, content, context and genre are all key elements in creative praxis. The use of these may vary between artistic disciplines, however, these elements bind together to engage how we describe, prescribe and inscribe the practice of art-making. The ways in which art is used to express perceptions of phenomenon from ancient to Marxist aesthetic lenses will be explored. Enrolment is restricted to Masters students, and cross-disciplinary enrolments are encouraged.


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

  1. articulate and express how aesthetic philosophies/theories can analyse the art-making process;
  2. analyse and evaluate various theories to reveal artistic discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary aesthetic contrasts and comparisons;
  3. apply aesthetic theories and reflect upon their use in practice of art-making.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Imitation, mimesis, and facsimile: what is art 40.00
2. Affective versus cognitive: sense and thought 40.00
3. Object, subject, abject: the gaze, morals and ethics 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Readings will be place up on Study Desk via DiReCT and hard copies can be ordered and paid for through the USQBookshop (see above).

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.
Abbs, P 1989, The symbolic order, Falmer Press, London.
Adorno, T 1996, Aesthetic theory, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis.
Andrew, B (ed.) 1989, The lyotard reader, B Blackwell, Oxford.
Bosanquet, B & Inwood, eds 1993, Introductory lectures on aesthetics, (Hegel). Penguin Books, London.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 26.00
Independent Study 139.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
AESTHETIC REVIEW 100 30 27 Mar 2020
AESTHETIC RESPONSE 100 30 01 May 2020
MAJOR ESSAY - MANIFESTO 100 40 05 Jun 2020

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.

    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 successfully 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.

Date printed 19 June 2020