• Class Number 4671
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Peter Alwast
    • Dr Alex Roe
    • Alison Alder
    • Dr Kit Devine
    • Dr Lucien Leon
    • Dr Peter Alwast
    • Dr Raquel Ormella
    • Dr Rebecca Mayo
    • Sean Dockray
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

In this course students will extend and consolidate their creative research practice through refinement and development of artistic methods, strategies, materials and concepts. Students will direct their ideas and existing knowledge and further their skills, while identifying and articulating contextual links. This course will enable the realisation of a personal methodology culminating in the creation of original work suitable for exhibition. A series of lectures will provide students with range of contextual, historical and theoretical references in relation to contemporary art practices.

Based on their own Independent Work Proposal (IWP), students will explore artistic approaches relevant to their area(s) of interest. Students will expand their skills in writing and speaking about their work, and in presenting work in a professional setting. Students will learn how to research and articulate the context of their work, including theoretical, historical and critical frameworks.

A student’s continued participation in discussions around their project and their peers’ projects will be integral to the course. The course will provide a cross-disciplinary forum for critical and contextual discussions relevant to contemporary art practice. Students will be supported through group sessions across several disciplines as well as tutorials and discussions within the different Workshops.

At this level students will apply appropriate Workplace Health and Safety practices.


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. Demonstrate their knowledge of the concepts, processes, forms, materials and technologies relevant to their project;
  2. Develop and articulate an independent studio project;
  3. Experiment with concepts, objectives and appropriate processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively;
  4. Work independently and/or collaboratively in a studio environment in response to project demands; and,
  5. Demonstrate their awareness of social, ethical, cultural, technological and environmental issues of creative practice, considering local and international perspectives.

Research-Led Teaching

In Developing an Independent Work Proposal students develop their own lines of independent research. While this involves the exploration of a chosen theme, subject or concept, they will at the same time be encouraged to consider ways in which those ideas and processes lead them to explore the language and potential of their independent project in new ways. Students will develop the skills of articulating how their area of practice-based research can be contextualised both historically and in the contemporary field.

Additional Course Costs


This Workshop Fee is for additional access to the workshop and use of equipment, tooling and consumable items during extra hours. It is not essential to course completion. Payment of the Workshop Fee is optional, but if a student chooses not to pay it, access to the workshops outside of stated course hours is not allowed.

Payment can be made here:


Required Resources

Commonwealth supported students and domestic full-fee paying students generally must be able to complete the requirements of their program of study without the imposition of fees that are additional to the student contribution amount or tuition fees.

Provided that its payment is in accordance with the Act, a fee is of a kind that is into any one or more of the following categories:

(a) It is a charge for a good or service that is not essential to the course of study.

(b) It is a charge for an alternative form, or alternative forms, of access to a good or service that is an essential component of the course of study but is otherwise made readily available at no additional fee by the higher education provider.

(c) It is a charge for an essential good or service that the student has the choice of acquiring from a supplier other than the higher education provider and is for:

  • (i) equipment or items which become the physical property of the student and are not consumed during the course of study; or
  • (ii) food, transport and accommodation costs associated with the provision of field trips that form part of the course of study.

(d) It is a fine or a penalty provided it is imposed principally as a disincentive and not in order to raise revenue or cover administrative costs.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • weekly studio appointments with assigned lecturer to discuss work in progress;
  • group work-in-progress reviews (to be scheduled)

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Feb 26 1-2pm SOA&Design Lecture Theatre: Course Introduction and Contemporary Art Series Lecture-Peter Alwast and Sean Dockray 2-5pm Studio Tutorials
2 March 05 1-2pm SOA&Design Lecture Theatre: Contemporary Art Series Lecture - Rowan Conroy and Rebecca Mayo 2-5pm Studio Tutorials
3 March 12 1-2pm SOA&Design Lecture Theatre: Contemporary Art Series Lecture - Kit Devine and Baden Pailthorpe 2-5pm Studio Tutorials
4 March 19 1-2pm SOA&Design Lecture Theatre: Contemporary Art Series Lecture - Alison Alder and Raquel Ormella 2-5pm Studio Tutorials
5 March 26 1-2pm SOA&Design Lecture Theatre: Contemporary Art Series Lecture - Anna Raupach and Lucien Leon 2-5pm Studio Tutorials
6 April 02 1-5pm Studio Tutorials and 5 min oral presentations
7 April 23 1-5pm Studio Group Critiques
8 April 30 1-5pm Studio Group Critiques
9 May 07 1-5pm Studio Group Critiques
10 May 14 1-5pm Studio Group Critiques
11 May 21 1-5pm Supervised studio practice and summative feedback
12 May 28 Supervised studio practice and summative feedback

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Independent Work Proposal 10 % 15/03/2019 05/04/2019 1,2,5
Oral Presentation 10 % 02/04/2019 26/04/2019 2,3,5
Body of Work based on Independent Work Proposal 70 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1-5
Research documentation 10 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1-5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Students are expected to participate in discussion and feedback sessions during group reviews.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 15/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 05/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5

Independent Work Proposal

500 words

Value: 10%

Details of task:

The Independent Work Proposal, negotiated between the student and Workshop staff, provides the basis for this course and will identify the viability and scope of the creative

research practice at the beginning.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 02/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 26/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,5

Oral Presentation

5 minutes

Value: 10%

Details of task: The Oral presentation provides an important opportunity for students to communicate and evidence contextual understanding and critical engagement with their subject matter.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 70 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Body of Work based on Independent Work Proposal

Value: 70%

Details of task:

Students to present a body of completed and ongoing work developed in response to their work proposal and give clear account and assessment of their progress, their working process and of the historical and contemporary context of their project.





knowledge of the



forms, materials &

issues of

contemporary art


Excellent and comprehensive

knowledge of processes, terminology,

forms, materials & conceptual issues

High level of knowledge of processes, terminology, forms,

materials & issues

High level of knowledge of processes, terminology, forms,

materials & issues

Adequate knowledge of

processes, terminology,

forms and materials

Inadequate knowledge

demonstrated, needs basic skill and knowledge building

Application of


refined &

consolidated skills

&knowledge to

develop, articulate

& contextualize

individual project

An exceptional level of skills & knowledge

astutely applied to

develop, articulate &

contextualise project

Very high level of skills & knowledge applied to

the develop & articulate

& contextualise project

Capable application

of appropriate

skills & knowledge

to develop and articulate project

Basic skills & knowledge applied to

develop and articulate


Appropriate skills &

knowledge not evident

in developing or

articulating an individual



with concepts,

objectives &

appropriate work



critically and


Outstandingly experimental,


imaginative and critically reflective

Highly experimental

adventurous, imaginative and critically reflective

Shows growing potential for experimentation:

thinking creatively,

critically and reflectively

Limited attempts to

experiment or adopt

appropriate processes;

critical reflection at

basic level

Lacks evidence of

experiment or of having

developed appropriate

work process. Critical

reflection inadequate


independently in response to project


Highest capacity for

independent work, thought and judgement

High capacity

for independent work,

thought and judgement

Growing capacity for

independent work,

thought and judgement

Some capacity to

work independently

but more reliant on

advice and guidance

Lack of independent

motivation or critical

judgement in relation to

project demands

Reflection on

social, ethical,




issues of creative

practice, local


Highly sophisticated

engagement on all fronts

High level reflection on

this range of issues

Shows some

developing capacity for

this area of broad


Capacity or interest in this kind of engagement

at a basic level, needs

to expand horizons

Lack of evidence of

reflection on broader


Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Research documentation

Value: 10%

Details of task:

At exam students present evidence of the kinds of visual research they have undertaken in support of their IWP: visual diary, visual source material, drawings, plans, roughs, failures, marquettes, etc.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

Students will be allocated a scheduled time slot and venue for display of their work for assessment during the exam period.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Peter Alwast

Research Interests

contemporary painting, painting history ,aesthetic debates, post-structuralism ,post-medium debates

Dr Peter Alwast

Tuesday 13:00 17:00
Dr Alex Roe

Research Interests

Dr Alex Roe

Alison Alder

Research Interests

Alison Alder

Dr Kit Devine

Research Interests

Dr Kit Devine

Dr Lucien Leon

Research Interests

Dr Lucien Leon

Dr Peter Alwast

Research Interests

Dr Peter Alwast

Tuesday 13:00 17:00
Dr Raquel Ormella

Research Interests

Dr Raquel Ormella

Dr Rebecca Mayo

Research Interests

Dr Rebecca Mayo

Sean Dockray

Research Interests

Sean Dockray

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