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VSA1005 Visual Arts Project 1

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Visual Arts Project 1
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: Kyle Jenkins


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

This is a fundamental course which provides the opportunity for students to investigate and develop a project which is self-initiated. Studio Project 1 involves students developing an agreed thematic program including conceptual and research processes which explore and extend their visual art practice. This is the first of five project courses for first, second and third year presenting students with opportunities for specialised, in-depth studio practice and related research in their chosen media.

In this course students will be expected to investigate and develop a body of work which expresses a resolved project. This involves students developing key concepts, research, studio experiments and materials to explore and extend their visual arts practice.

The student will be introduced to the various career pathways within the arts industry. This includes: practicing artist; curator; gallery administrator; art education officer, art teacher and art writer. This background enables the student to tailor their learning according to their career aspirations.


This course complements the workshops undertaken in Contemporary Art Practice One. Students develop a proposal, in consultation with supervisors and consult regularly with their studio lecturers in order to develop a body of work. This course enables students to develop and contextualize their skills, concepts and research processes towards a finished project.
The student's practice will be addressed concurrently throughout the semester with the student presenting for regular critiques of work in progress. This is the first of a sequence of project courses presenting students with opportunities for specialized, in depth studio practice and related research. Further appropriate WHS procedures will be addressed.


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

  1. develop a foundational knowledge of materials and concepts;
  2. analyse ideas related to the reflexivity and criticality of art practice and research;
  3. apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realize forms of creative expression;
  4. communicate visually and/or in writing by clearly and logically expressing ideas relating to both traditional and contemporary practices including hybridised outcomes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Selection of one or more studios from Painting, Ceramics, Printmaking, Sculpture, Drawing and Hybrid Practice for students who are undertaking ON-CAMPUS study for this course.

Students undertaking EXTERNAL study for this course are to undertake self-initiated research (in consultation with the course lecturer) developing the topic area that will be
discussed for the 3 assignments

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.
Birnbaum, D, Butler, CH & Cotter, S 2011, Defining contemporary art: 25 years in 200 pivotal artworks, Phaidon Press, New York.
Foster, H , Krauss, R, Bois, Y & Buchloh, BHD 2016, Art since 1900: modernism, antimodernism, postmodernism, 3rd edn, Thames & Hudson, London.
Kalb, PR 2013, Art since 1980: charting the contemporary, Pearson, London.
Lind, M 2013, Abstraction (Whitechapel: documents of contemporary art) series, MIT Press, Cambridge.
Stiles, K & Selz P (eds) 2012, Theories and documents of contemporary art: a sourcebook of artists' writings, Rev, 2nd edn, University of California Press, Berkeley.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 47.00
Independent Study 118.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 27 Jul 2020
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 40 31 Aug 2020
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 50 26 Oct 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 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 6 November 2020