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DCA9001 Professional Creative Arts Practice

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Prof Creative Arts Prac
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: Dallas Baker


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 will develop students' profile as practice-led researchers and professional creative artists. Students will demonstrate astute awareness and application of conceptually and practically navigating their practice-led research processes within the broader professional arts industry. Specifically, students will gain an understanding of the social, political and philosophical frameworks of the creative arts industry and its impact on the scholarly reception of research outcomes. This course encourages students to hone and test their critical agency as professional artists in terms of how they position their creative research within the professional arts industry.


This course enables students to examine critically how their practice-led research is positioned within the professional arts industry. The course encourages students to critically reflect on the excellence and originality of their creative work in terms of professional industry standards. Students develop expertise in research scholarship through investigating diverse practice-led research models of contextualising, critiquing and reporting creative research outcomes at local, national and international levels. Students will be required to demonstrate the significance of the original contribution of their practice-led research in the light of the social, political and philosophical frameworks of contemporary creative arts industries.


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

  1. the application of advanced knowledge in practice-led research to enhance the original contribution of individual creative arts research within the professional arts industry
  2. scholarly expertise as practice-led researchers through active professional creative arts practice across local, national and international contexts
  3. the application of conceptual and practical understanding of the process of navigating individual practice-led research within the broader social, political and philosophical frameworks of the creative arts industry
  4. advanced communication skills, research scholarship and intellectual independence in examining the critical positioning of original creative works with the professional arts industry.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Creative arts research professional industry profile 15.00
2. Social, political and philosophical arts industry frameworks 15.00
3. Critical agency in practice-led research 20.00
4. Practice-led research models of outcomes 20.00
5. Creative research aligned with local to international industry standards 20.00
6. Effective contextualisation of practice-led research. 10.00

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.
Biggs, I 2009, Art as research: creative practice and academic authority, VDM Verlag Dr.Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co.KG. Saarbrucken, Germany.
Nelson, R 2013, Practice as research in the arts: principles, protocols, pedagogies, resistances, Palgrave, Basingstoke, UK.
Schon, DA 1983, The reflective practitioner: how professionals think in action, Basic Books, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 114.00
Practice 160.00
Private Study 56.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT PROPOSAL 100 20 16 Mar 2020
RESEARCH STATEMENT 100 50 08 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.

    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

Date printed 19 June 2020