• Class Number 7387
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Peter Alwast
    • Dr Anna Raupach
    • Katrina Sluis
    • Dr Peter Alwast
    • Sean Dockray
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

Creative Research Practice: Extending and Consolidating an Independent Work Proposal (ARTV3034)

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.

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 skill in executing an original independent project suitable for exhibition;
  2. evaluate concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking;
  3. clearly articulate the concepts and techniques underpinning the project;
  4. work responsibly in a studio environment, either independently or collaboratively, in response to project demands; and
  5. demonstrate comprehensive awareness of social, ethical, cultural, technological and environmental issues of creative practice, considering local and international perspectives.

Research-Led Teaching

In extended 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:

• Individual studio feedback

• Class discussion

• Group critique and review

• Wattle forum posts

• Assessment

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 Monday July 26 1-5pm Seminar 1-2pm SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 Studio 2-5pm
2 Monday August 02 1-5pm Seminar 1-2pm SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 Studio 2-5pm
3 Monday August 09 1-5pm Seminar 1-2pm SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 Studio 2-5pm
4 Monday August 16 1-5pm Seminar 1-2pm SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 Studio 2-5pm
5 Monday August 23 1-5pm Seminar 1-2pm SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 Studio 2-5pm
6 Monday August 30 1-5pm Studio 1-5pm Assessment #1 (20%) independent work proposal and oral presentations
7 Monday September 20 1-5pm ?Individual and group meetings on progression of individual IWP
8 Monday September 27 1-5pm ?Seminar 1-2pm SOA&D Lecture theatre 1.42 Studio 2-5pm
9 Monday October 04 ?Labour Day Holiday
10 Monday October 11 1-5pm ?Individual and group meetings on progression of individual IWP
11 Monday October 18 1-5pm ?Individual and group meetings on progression of individual IWP
12 Monday October 25 1-5pm ?Individual and group meetings on progression of individual IWP

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Independent Work Proposal 20 % 30/08/2021 20/09/2021 1-5
Research Documentation 10 % 05/11/2021 05/11/2021 1-5
Final folio 70 % 05/11/2021 02/12/2021 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 Academic Integrity . 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 and during group reviews.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 30/08/2021
Return of Assessment: 20/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Independent Work Proposal

Value: 20%

Details of task: The Independent Work Proposal, provides the basis for this course and will identify the viability and scope of the creative research practice. You are encouraged to reflect on works made in ARTV3033 in order to define the scope and direction of your creative research practice for this course. Oral Presentation, 5 minutes The Oral presentation provides an important opportunity for students to communicate and evidence contextual understanding and critical engagement with their subject matter Word limit: approximately 500 words and a 5 minute presentation



Application of 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 develop & articulate & contextualise project

Capable application of appropriate skills & knowledge to develop and articulate project

Basic skills & knowledge applied to develop and articulate project.

Appropriate skills & knowledge not evident in developing or articulating an individual project

Experimentation with concepts & appropriate work processes creatively, critically and reflectively

Outstandingly experimental, adventurous, 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

Working independently in response to project demands

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 re project


Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 05/11/2021
Return of Assessment: 05/11/2021
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, library and exhibition research etc

Assessment Task 3

Value: 70 %
Due Date: 05/11/2021
Return of Assessment: 02/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Final folio

Value: 70%

Details of task:

Students will develop a body of studio-based research (including drawings, tests, models, prototypes, etc.) which investigate a declared area of interest. This body of work will be informed by theoretical and visual contemporary craft/ art/design references and supported by sketchbooks, drawings, models and tests.



Idea & Context

Exceptionally relevant project that is critically aware of and engaged with its context.

Project exhibits a strong understanding of its context and idea of engagement with it. 

Project exhibits a competent engagement with some identified context. 

Project adequately identifies a context with which it is engaged.

Project insufficiently engages with a context outside of itself


Conducts research at a very high level and critically integrates it into the project, substantiating the artistic outcomes.

Conducts research at a high level. 

Conducts research at a competent level.

Conducts research at an adequate level.

Insufficient research to support the project and inadequate analysis and substantiation of the artistic outcomes.


Ambitious formal, material, or conceptual experimentation with critical reflection on the discoveries made.

A high level of formal, material, and/or conceptual experimentation.

Competent formal, material, and/or conceptual experimentation.

Adequate formal, material, and/or conceptual experimentation. Few risks taken

Insufficient experimental engagement with formal, material, or conceptual processes. Few risks taken.


Makes artworks that are very highly formally and technically resolved, in ways that are critically engaged with their conceptual frame. 

Makes artworks that are highly formally and technically resolved, in ways that are highly appropriate to the conceptual frame. 

Makes artworks that are formally and technically resolved, in ways that are appropriate to the conceptual frame. 

Makes artworks that have some formal and technical resolution, in ways that are somewhat appropriate to the conceptual frame.

Artworks are insufficiently formally and technically resolved and are made in ways that are inappropriate to the conceptual frame. 

Independent working

Works independently at a very high level, critically and thoughtfully integrating the feedback provided.

Works independently at a high level, thoughtfully reflecting on the feedback provided.

Works independently at a competent level, usually reflecting on the feedback provided.

Works independently at an adequate level, sometimes reflecting on the feedback provided.

Lack of independent motivation in relation to the project demands and the feedback provided.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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.

Returning Assignments

Assignments are returned after the exam period

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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

Post Conceptual Practice, Contemporary Art Practice, Expanded Painting, Contemporary Painting

Dr Peter Alwast

By Appointment
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Dr Anna Raupach

Research Interests

Dr Anna Raupach

By Appointment
Katrina Sluis

Research Interests

Katrina Sluis

By Appointment
Dr Peter Alwast

Research Interests

Dr Peter Alwast

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By Appointment
Sean Dockray

Research Interests

Sean Dockray

By Appointment

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