The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course explores a range of approaches to contemporary visual arts with particular attention to the social, political, material and technological implications of artistic production. Emphasising the value of thinking through making, this course explores intermedial, interdisciplinary, collaborative, curatorial, and intercultural processes. Moving beyond the white cube and toward expanded exhibition formats and ideas such as community as medium, city as laboratory and laptop as studio, this course invites students to ask: what and where is art?


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 2 - 2018.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critically and historically contextualise their own creative practice.

2. Critically engage with issues germane to contemporary art.

3. Work individually and collaboratively to produce innovative contemporary art works.

4. Understand and articulate the role of contemporary art in broader social and political discourses.


This course will explore the intermedial, interdisciplinary and often socially activated nature of contemporary visual art practices. Seeing art as an inherently omnivorous domain of cultural production, it will traverse the many disparate spaces and places within which we produce and experience contemporary art.  From the white cube gallery to the idea of community as medium this course will both practically and theoretically explore topics such as, exhibition strategies, social practice, site specificity, curatorial practices, collaboration, gender and Indigenous practices. Emphasising the value of thinking through making students will be expected to produce a major creative project.

Assessment items

Report: Report: exhibition review

Presentation: Presentation and summary paper: Contextualising creative direction

Practical Demonstration: Major Practical