Contemporary Visual Arts Practices


The course introduces a wide variety of approaches leading to a substantial and varied portfolio of work relevant to art, and design studies at university level. Studio space restricts class size. Class work includes: exercises and discussions to extend creative and personal expression; the development of observational skills through attitudes and processes in selected 2-D and 3-D areas, reinforced by independent studies and prescribed projects; thematic developments, inter-media experiments and exhibition preparation and presentation. Visits to art galleries provide insights into contemporary art practice. Critical analysis and research methods will be explored through case studies.



  • Semester 2 - 2017


  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Establish basic practical skills, techniques and approaches to art making;

2. Investigate concepts, materials and applications within a contemporary framework, related to the history and theories of art;

3. Develop a considered approach to art practice;

4. Expand skills in academic writing and research;

5. Develop independent study skills.


History/Theory topics, which are, as far as possible, integrated with the studio activities, will be selected from:

  1. Major approaches in contemporary art: Postmodernism and beyond, including contemporary Aboriginal Art, photography and digital media; installation art;
  2. Art Gallery practices;
  3. Art studio practices: case studies.

Studio topics will be selected from:

  1. Development of themes and concepts in painting, drawing and selected 2-D media;
  2. Further exploration of 3-D forming, construction techniques and processes;
  3. Critical observation and research methods;
  4. Exhibition organisation and presentation skills.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay

Presentation: Seminar - Individual

Portfolio: Minor and Major Projects

Journal: Visual Art Research Journal

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks