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 AART4110, AART4120 and AART4130, 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 AART4130 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. Refine, consolidate and complete independent and self-directed research.

2. Utilise appropriate methods for critically analysing and applying relevant research material.

3. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of different studio approaches, (materials, processes and techniques) and/or theoretical approaches in Fine Art.

4. Complete a comprehensive and cohesive body of artworks and a related research paper or construct and refine a critical theoretical paper.


AART4140 is one of two courses (with AART4130) devoted to the completion of a self-directed research project. This component will result in the presentation of a solo exhibition and a related written exegesis or a written theoretical thesis.

In Honours D, the student will:

  • Consolidate, refine and implement ideas and concepts commensurate with a study at this advanced level in studio practice and/or art theory.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness, advanced skills and knowledge relevant to their chosen area of study and the parameters of their research project.
  • Examine the content and principles upon which their work is based in order to understand and refine their practice within a relevant contemporary context
  • Utilise presentation skills for exhibition and/or thesis submission.


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 and completion of AART4110 and AART4120.

Assessment items

Professional Task: Submission of Artwork/ Research Paper - 80%

Written Assignment: Exegesis/ Research Paper - 20%

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