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VSA3005 Contemporary Art Practice 5

Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Contemporary Art Practice 5
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 : 100301 - Fine Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 21 July 2021


Examiner: Tanya McLean


Pre-requisite: VSA2003 and VSA3004


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

For 3rd Year courses: This course offers students a more focused and advanced understanding of studio research and research methodologies in relation to their own specific research in visual art within the central topic of Here and Now. The course is significant in its aim to provide students with a well-grounded understanding of their positioning as a researcher within the broader contemporary art field. The course is advantageous for students engaged in practical and/or theoretical work at an advanced level and aiming to implement this work within a professional research context.

This course employs on campus and external modes of study as a way of catering to the students’ specific approach. In on-campus and external modes students learn advanced concepts pertaining to research methodologies and their application to both theory and practice This course offers a specific understanding pertinent as a pathway for students wanting to undertake honours and postgraduate studies. This course and VSA3004 Contemporary Art Practice 4 are the capstone courses for studio practice and research and these two courses form the knowledge and skills for further study in Honours & Post-graduate research.


This course builds on Contemporary Art Practice 4 by critically exploring studio research and research methodologies in relation to their own art/theory work. Most importantly, students are asked to critically explore research techniques and to demonstrate an informed application of these skills within their own studio/ theory focus. Students will learn to appropriately contextualise and justify their selection of research methods in relation to their practical/theoretical within an academic framework as well as professional industry framework. Therefore, this course strongly adheres to students actively researching and participating on a professional visual art platform.


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

  1. explore a highly developed range of professional / studio research skills and or research methodologies situated in the visual arts;
  2. exercise critical, creative thinking and judgement to identify and solve intellectual problems independently;
  3. have mastered techniques, materials and or appropriate research necessary in the accomplishment of their arts practice;
  4. communicate through a clear, coherent and independent presentation and articulation of complex knowledge and ideas;
  5. be responsible and accountable for their own learning and professional practice, either independently or collaboratively, for the required outcomes;
  6. critically examine the contexts which frame both the practice and the discourse of the discipline.


Description Weighting(%)
1. ONCAMPUS: Students will undertake work from one or more of these
studios including: painting; drawing, ceramics; printmaking; sculpture or hybrid practice

EXTERNAL: In consultation with their supervisor, students will complete research in
relevant theoretical discourses and/or practical work in their studio area of specialization

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.
Barrett, E & Bolt, B 2007, Practice as research: approaches to creative arts enquiry, Tauris & Co, London.
Berger, J 1971, Ways of seeing, Penguin Books.
Holly, M & Smith, M (eds) 2009, What is research in the visual arts, Yale Press, London.
Lechte, J 2007, Fifty key contemporary thinkers, Routledge, London.
Stiles K & Selz P (eds) 2012, Theories and documents of contemporary art: a sourcebook of artists' writings, 2nd edn, University of California Press, Berkeley.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 65.00
Practicum 55.00
Private Study 45.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 20 25 Oct 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 80 25 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