Contemporary Visual Arts Practices


The course introduces a wide variety of approaches leading to a substantial and varied portfolio of work suitable to assist admission 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 home projects; thematic developments, inter-media experiments and exhibition preparation and presentation. Visits to art galleries provide insights into current art practice. An understanding of the language of art criticism and research methods will be provided.



  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017


  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Establish basic practical skills, techniques and approaches;

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

3. Stimulate interest in creativity in fine art areas;

4. Expand the sources of research material;

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. ᅠArt Gallery practices;
  3. ᅠArt 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: Essays/Written Assignments

Presentation: Seminar Presentations - Individual

Portfolio: Home Projects

Journal: Research Journal

Portfolio: Portfolio

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