• 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, Design
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

This course introduces students to the potential of learning through and with materials. Material thinking and material language contribute to, and can be a critique of, the ways in which knowledge is valued and can help us find our place in the world. Knowledge in this instance, focuses on forms of making, opening pathways to interconnect what and how we make with other forms of thinking and being. Each of the topics and discipline combinations on offer investigate a particular theme. These thematics enable students to explore and develop technical, material and conceptual aspects of contemporary craft through safe and culturally informed practices. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. creatively explore and integrate ideas, materials and techniques through group and individual studio projects;
  2. apply a range of introductory technical skills relevant to visual art, craft and design
  3. identify historical and theoretical contexts in response to studio projects; and
  4. investigate and develop critical approaches to making through the creative manipulation of materials and in writing.

Other Information

School of Art and 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

  1. Mid semester critique (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Materials-based creative project (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Studio work and studio theory research, presentations, in class and online discussions and critique. (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks comprising lectures, demonstrations, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice

b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading, writing and independent studio practice.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Refer to Wattle

Preliminary Reading

Refer to Wattle


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2022 $3600
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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There are no current offerings for this course.

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