• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Visual Arts, Creative Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Sean Dockray
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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In this course students will develop their creative research practice through experimentation with artistic methods, strategies, materials and concepts. Students will learn how to direct their ideas and existing knowledge and refine their skills, while identifying and articulating contextual links. The outcomes for this course will be the development and shaping of a personal methodology culminating in the creation of new work. A series of lectures from visiting artists, theorists, curators and scholars from various fields will introduce students to a range of ideas, contexts and methods of production.

Based on their own Independent Work Proposal (IWP), students will develop artistic approaches relevant to their area(s) of interest. This course encourages the students to self-direct their art practice. The aim of the course is for each student to develop their own framework, bringing together the skills and knowledge they have acquired to date.

A student’s 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.

Workplace Health and Safety instruction is an integral part of this course and will be handled within each Workshop.

This course is delivered by the following School of Art & Design disciplines: Animation and Video, Painting, Photomedia, Printmedia and Drawing, and Sculpture and Spatial Practice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Independent Work Proposal (IWP), 500 words, and oral presentation, 5 minutes (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Research documentation (10) [LO 2,3,5]
  3. Independent studio project (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures, 12 hours of seminars, 24 hours of critiques and supervised studio practice; and
b) 82 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVART), and have completed 90 units of courses towards an ANU degree, or with permission of the convenor. You must also have completed any two of the following courses: ARTV2059, ARTV2506, ARTV2507, ARTV2508, ARTV2605, ARTV2606, ARTV2607, ARTV2608, ARTV2609, ARTV2610, ARTV 2613, ARTV2615, ARTV2617, ARTV2706, ARTV2707, ARTV2708, ARTV2715, ARTV2717, ARTV2723, ARTV2727, ARTV2801, ARTV2802, ARTV2810, ARTV2820, ARTV2821, ARTV2921 or ARTV2830. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV3615, ARTV3101, DART3100, DART3101, ARTV3501, ARTV3505, ARTV3026, ARTV3601, ARTV3605, ARTV3701, ARTV3705, ARTV3801, ARTV2805, DESA3002, DESA2805, or DESA3801.

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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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4516 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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