• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Visual Arts, Museums and Collections, Creative Arts, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Alex Roe
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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In this course we undertake experiments with "social practice" and "social sculpture", where the structure and direction of the relationships that constitute the art situation are activated to become politically engaged. This kind of art practice sets up a constructed situation as a framework in which participants have, or are intended to have, agency in the production of the work. The experimental nature of the construction of situations does not determine what the artwork is in advance of its audience. It is constituted by the dialogue or interaction that the situation elicits. The course will centre on student-led projects developed within specific contexts, which will require context-specific research and knowledge acquisition. These projects will not necessarily be undertaken individually, and the way in which students become involved in each other's projects will be an important exercise in negotiating different roles. Social practice is also becoming an important form of outreach for museums and so the projects will address the future implications of this as well as situating their methods in relation to the history of dialogue and participation in art practice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. use, create and discuss social practice methods in contemporary art practice;
  2. make artworks that critically engage with the politics of participation and authorship in contemporary art contexts;
  3. conduct research into practices and discourses around social art practice and apply findings to research and creative production within a specific context; and
  4. substantiate artistic outcomes with research and rationale.

Other Information

School of Art & Design studio courses have a limited enrolment capacity. Students are advised to enrol as early as possible to maximise the opportunity of securing a place.

Indicative Assessment

Contextualising research (30%) Learning outcomes 1, 3, 4
 
Project and developmental works made in response to discourse around social art practice and a specific context (70%) Learning outcomes 1-4
 
Assessment will be based on the Rubric for this course. Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide formative feedback on work in progress.
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks comprising lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and
b) 82 hours of independent student research, studio production, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of courses towards an ANU degree.

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9678 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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