Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate art research skills in academic writing;

2. Create meaningful links between concepts and materials within a contemporary framework, relating to the history and theories of art;

3. Create a body of artwork;

4. Develop and deliver an oral presentation on a visual art topic;

5. Independently explore sources of visual research material and apply 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

Presentation: Seminar - Individual

Essay: Essay

Journal: Visual Art Research Journal

Portfolio: Minor and Major Projects

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