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VSA2005 Visual Arts Project 3

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Visual Arts Project 3
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
ASCED code : 100399 - Visual Arts and Crafts n.e.c.
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 21 July 2021


Examiner: David Usher


Pre-requisite: VSA1005 and VSA2004


This course is offered in ON-CAMPUS mode as STUDIO PRACTICE and EXTERNAL mode as STUDIO RESEARCH
This course further develops the concepts introduced in Studio Project 1 and Studio Project 2 and is the recommended preparation for BCA3000 Project A.
This course provides the opportunity for students to further investigate and develop a project which is self-initiated. Studio Project 3 involves students developing a negotiated thematic program with a particular emphasis on the intersection between theory and practice. This encompasses both conceptual and research processes which explore and expand their visual art practice. This is the third of five project courses for first, second and third year which present students with opportunities for specialised, in-depth studio practice and related research in their chosen media with reference to industry connections.
In this course students will be expected to investigate and develop an appropriate body of work which expresses a completed project. This process involves students developing strong levels of concepts, appropriate research, studio experiments and an investigation of materials in order to explore and extend their visual arts practice.
Students will be further exposed 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 enables the student to cater the learning to their career aspirations.


Where applicable this course complements the workshops undertaken in Contemporary Art Practice 3. 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 extend and contextualize their skills, concepts and research processes into a completed project. Continued understanding of WHS issues will be developed.
This project will be addressed concurrently throughout the semester with the student presenting for regular critiques of work in progress. This is the third of a sequence of project courses presenting students with opportunities for specialized, in depth studio practice and related research.


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

  1. develop a body of knowledge related to the use of materials and concepts;
  2. explore and critically analyse the reflexivity and criticality of art research and practice;
  3. apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realize works of art and forms of creative expression;
  4. communicate visually, and in writing by clearly and logically expressing ideas pertaining to practices and concepts inherent within traditional and hybridised artistic outcomes;
  5. work independently and in consultation with studio lecturers to develop ideas, which encourage an evolving personal philosophy based on research analysis and 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 who are 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 three assignments

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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.
Buskirk, M 2005, The contingent object of contemporary art, MIT Press, Cambridge.
Jacob, MJ & Grabner, M (eds) 2010, The studio reader, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
Richards, J 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.
Whitechapel: documents of contemporary art, Whitechapel Gallery, 2006-2016, MIT Press, Cambridge.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assignments 65.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 26 Jul 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 30 30 Aug 2021
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 60 22 Oct 2021

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:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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 21 July 2021