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VIS8010 Studio Workshop and Theory Development (Masters)

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Studio Work&Theory Dev(Masters
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 : 100300 - Visual Arts and Crafts
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: David Akenson


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MARA


Students studying a Master of Arts theory or practice-led pathway will undertake this course to enhance research development within their chosen studio or theoretical field at an advanced level. VIS8010 enables students to rigorously workshop specialized studio concepts and to critically examine theoretical discourses as well as contexts that will contribute to their final professional studio work and/or dissertation. Depending on the nature of the research focus, students can select to do the following:

1. an advanced studio workshop
2. specialised development of theoretical research
3. a specialised combination of studio workshop and theoretical development

VIS8010 offers an important opportunity for students to critically explore the relationship between studio practice and theory: in both their critical differences as well as synergies. This provides the student an enhanced contextual understanding between traditional academic research and studio research within the professional creative art field. This approach is advantageous for students who are highly competent in intersecting theoretical debates with a rigorous studio examination of their central research topic. The emphasis on theory development within this course allows students to engage in a specific research area within creative art theory or a specialised interweaving of cross-disciplinary fields. VIS8010 also provides an avenue for students to research in areas that are outside of the student’s specific discipline or expertise.


This course is designed to enhance the student's investigation of complex studio research and theoretical debates within the Master of Arts candidature. The course provides a necessary avenue for a rigorous experimental space for the student to `test' and further develop their critical enquiry within their chosen research area. Throughout this approach, a rigorous exploration of historical and contemporary contexts will be examined in light of the student's research. This course involves critical engagement in conceptual, technical and process driven research to achieve a resolved body of work as well as theoretical research to advance the content of the student's thesis or exegesis.


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

  1. an advanced level of creative practice and/or theoretical research, which enhances the resolution of final research outcomes of candidature;
  2. a substantial ability to document and critically work through the various stages in the research and development of the artwork and/or theoretical discourses;
  3. an in-depth knowledge of the relationship between theory and practice within both a specific and general context that shapes the foundation and development of the studio work and/or dissertation;
  4. a specialised ability to workshop complex studio and theoretical concepts to enhance the central research topic.


Description Weighting(%)
1. In consultation with their supervisor, students will complete research in relevant theoretical discourses and/or practical work in their studio area of specialisation 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.
Abbs, P (ed) 1989, The symbolic order: a contemporary reader of the arts debate, Falmer Press, London.
(700.7 SYM.)
Butler, R (ed) 2004, What is appropriation? an anthology of critical writings on Australian art in the '80s and '90s, 2nd edn, Power Publications & IMA, Sydney.
(701.180994 WHA.)
Harrison, C & Wood, P 2003, Art in theory 1900­2000: an anthology of changing ideas, Blackwell, Malden, MA.
(709.04 ART.)
McEvilley, T 1993, Art and discontent: theory at the millennium, McPherson & Co, Kingston, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 65.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
STUDIO/THEORY OUTLINE 100 10 16 Mar 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.

    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 pre­requisite 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