• Class Number 3240
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Amanda Stuart
    • Dr Amanda Stuart
    • Amelia Zaraftis
  • 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

This course provides outstanding field-based visual art engagement opportunities with environments in and around the Canberra region. It offers supervised camping-based field trips that provide primary research opportunities to inform artwork and related studio development. Informed individuals, representatives and artists from the local and Aboriginal communities are available to enhance student understanding of cultural relationships with country. Field research and tutorial sessions inform the secondary studio development of a folio of artwork. Field trips enable the collection and synthesis of materials and visual imagery as well as the location for undertaking site-specific work.

Where fieldwork involves travel outside of Canberra (including to other parts of the ACT), students will only be permitted to undertake this fieldwork upon completion of ANU required travel documentation and the approval of all travel documentation by the relevant delegate.

This course may be delivered as a semester length course or offered as an intensive.

This course is repeatable for credit, up to a maximum of 12 units, and if repeated must be repeated with a different topic each time.

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. Develop practice-led methodologies through investigation, analysis and synthesis of complex information to plan and execute a substantial, creative field-generated research project.
  2. Generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level using cognitive, technical and creative skills and relate them to their own creative works and to recent developments in the field.
  3. Critically reflect upon and evaluate theoretical, conceptual and aesthetic aspects of creative practice and associated social, cultural and environmental issues. Apply this to the production of creative works.
  4. Design and develop creative works that communicate theoretical, aesthetic, conceptual and imaginative propositions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Research-Led Teaching

The Environment Studio engages students in inquiry-based learning with an emphasis on research processes. Student’s understanding and discovery of the concepts that inform their creative processes forms the basis from which further inquiries into relevant discourses, arts and non-arts related, are conducted. The Environment Studio encourages research and questioning of the social, economic and political structures that contextualize each Field Study about a specific environmental theme (field research locations and associated themes). Research is initiated through briefings about the theme supported by the reading list and associated discussions. Students will be exposed to varying viewpoints from external informants joining the group. The depth of such research is reflected in the final folio, supportive work, written material and tutorials. 

Field Trips

Field Trip 1: 08/03/19 - 10/03/19

Field Trip 2: 08/04/19 - 12/04/19

Additional Course Costs

Students are required to cover any material costs incurred for visual art production, as well as food expenses during field trips, and associated camping fees when necessary.

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

Feedback includes periodic critique and review sessions in tutorials and in the field. These provide ongoing input towards works in progress, in order to develop students’ technical, formal, theoretical and critical skills.

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.

Other Information

Assessment requirements:

  • Commitment to the course as demonstrated by attendance, participation in fieldwork and regular tutorials.
  • Extent to which the folio of artwork presented for assessment reconciles with the agreed production outcome as outlined in the student’s current Work Proposal.
  • The conceptual aspects (thoughts, sensibilities, ideas, theoretical position) underpinning the creative process engaged during the Study, as postulated in the folio of artwork and as documented in the student’s reflective journal, and / or artist statement/s.
  • The quality and rigour of research associated with the production of artwork as demonstrated by the final folio, supporting work, written text, tests and experiments with materials, techniques and methods.
  • The technical competence demonstrated by the folio and supporting work
  • An understanding of how the artwork relates to discourses in art, in other disciplines, in local or regional communities or society at large. 

Referencing requirements:

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Welcome & Introductions Course overview, thematic introduction & maps • Student Discussion Panel – 2017 student speakers Provide Draft Schedule for Field Trips & Camp List Allocate Reading discussion groups Visit to Tjabal Centre: Meet with Anne Martin Homework: Indigenous Cultural Awareness module
2 Complete WH&S Risk Assessment & Travel Approvals Talk through Schedule for Field Trip 1 Field Trip: Friday: Depart by 2.30pm, travel and set up camp Saturday: 3.5 hours field work/orientation Sunday: 3.5 hours plus pack up and depart by 1.00pm - back by 5.00pm Sunday
3 Developing work proposals, post field trip discussion Reading discussions: Cultural matters (Blay), Difference (Byrne), Other People’s Stories (Leane) Allocate Preliminary Presentation & Tutorial Presentation Groups (A & B) First draft work proposals due via email 5.00pm to lecturers
4 Guest Lecturer (TBC) Jilda Andrews (NMA) Reading discussions: Reflections (McKenna), Yamfields (Blackburn), Bundian Survey (Blay)
5 Group A Preliminary presentation Put work on the table and talk about it: 10 minutes each (work proposal / ideas / sketches / notes / documentation)
6 Group B Preliminary presentation Put work on the table and talk about it: 10 minutes each (work proposal / ideas / sketches / notes / documentation) Complete WH&S Risk Assessment & Travel Approval Talk through Schedule for Field Trip 2
7 REVIEWS NB Field Trip during the break: Depart 9.00am Monday and return by 5.00pm Friday Consultations with identified individuals/groups/specialists Individual field consultations with lecturers Individual field work / reading discussions / camp fire discussions
8 Group A Tutorial presentations (all students to attend)
9 Group B Tutorial presentations (all students to attend)
10 PG Tutorial presentations (all students to attend) Developing artist statement and titles workshop
11 Developing artist statement and titles workshop
12 Group folio discussion, finalise artist statement, titles, peer review. ASSESSMENT ITEM Artist Statement due via email to lecturers. ASSESSMENT 20 min per student due during examination period

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Contextualised portfolio of work 40 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Artist Statement (100-200 words) 10 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 3, 4
Documentation (e.g. visual diaries, field notes, preparatory sketches, photographs, video footage, etc.) 15 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 3, 4
Participation 15 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3
Presentation, 10 min (1500 words) 20 % 15/05/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3

* 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. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Contextualised portfolio of work

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Artist Statement (100-200 words)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Documentation (e.g. visual diaries, field notes, preparatory sketches, photographs, video footage, etc.)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3


Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 15/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Presentation, 10 min (1500 words)

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) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.


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 Amanda Stuart

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Dr Amanda Stuart

Dr Amanda Stuart

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Dr Amanda Stuart

Amelia Zaraftis

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