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VSA3005 Contemporary Art Practice 5

Semester 2, 2022 Online
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
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Rhiannan Johnson


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.

Course learning outcomes

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

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.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 30 4,6
Assignments Creative Creative work 1 No 20 1,2,5
Assignments Creative Creative work 2 No 50 1,3,5
Date printed 27 June 2022