The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course is a component of the Bachelor of Fine Art Honours program, where a student is able to complete a self-directed research project in a selected area of specialisation, from 2D Art (Painting, Drawing, Printmedia), 3D Art (Ceramics, Fibres-Textiles, Sculpture), Photomedia (Digital, Analogue) or Art Theory.

Together with AART4120, AART4130 and AART4140, this course is designed to assist students to develop a high professional standard in studio research, production, exhibition and written work, or advanced written work in art theory. This course is studied in conjunction with AART4120 in full-time mode.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Autonomously plan and schedule an independent and self-directed research project.

2. Select and apply appropriate methods for collecting and analysing relevant research material.

3. Demonstrate a clear understanding of individual studio approaches (materials, processes and techniques), and/or theoretical approaches in Fine Art.

4. Initiate and implement the production of a self-directed body of artwork and a related written exegesis or to implement production of a critical, theoretical thesis.


Honours A will engage with theoretical developments in the student’s area of Fine Art and will support the student to develop a clear proposal/plan for the development of a final body of studio and/or written work. This component of the program also focuses on research methodology and how this is applied to the broader project.

In the Honours A course, students will work under supervision to:•    Prepare a proposal for both the studio component and/or written component, which describes the area of research;•    Develop a sustained personal investigation in studio practice or written process which will manifest in the form of preparatory work in one, or more areas of 2D, 3D, Photomedia or Art Theory.



To enrol in this course students must be active in the Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) (11194) program.

Assumed knowledge

To have completed a Bachelor of Fine Art or equivalent with a Credit average in the discipline area.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Proposal/Plan - 40%

Project: Project - 60%

Contact hours

Callaghan and Newcastle City Precinct

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 0.5 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term