• 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

This course enables students to demonstrate how they consolidate and resolve the methodological approaches that underpins the meaning, intent and outcomes of their studio practice. This course supports self-directed independent research with an emphasis on practice-led research. Through an in-depth analysis of contemporary art and/or design practice, students will identify and apply appropriate modes of analysis, evaluation and comparative critical frameworks in order to clearly articulate the strategies and rationale for making their own work. The course is structured around seminar presentations and responses by staff, students and academic visitors, including artists, designers, curators and writers. It also involves visits to collections and displays at national institutions where different examples of research approaches are tested.

Practice-led research is an approach that allows an artist or designer to incorporate their creative practice into research, therefore legitimising the knowledge they reveal by endorsing the methodologies, methods and research tools that are characteristic of that discipline.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse a work of art or design and articulate the reasons for using particular concepts, materials, techniques and processes;
  2. demonstrate how a work of art or design consolidates and resolves the aesthetic, conceptual and practical developments in the context of independent research;
  3. identify and apply appropriate modes of analysis, evaluation and comparative critical frameworks and strategies in the context of practice-led research; and
  4. present reasoned, referenced, and structured arguments in both written and audio-visual forms.

Other Information

This course will provide the foundational skills and knowledge to support Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Design students in the final year of their program. It will support students to articulate their knowledge and critical analysis for working with the forms, materials and technologies of their chosen studio discipline. It also supports students who wish to continue and advance their individual practice-led research through an honours degree, or through future postgraduate practice-led research programs.

School of Art & 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. Essay proposal, 500 words (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Seminar presentation, 10 minutes (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Essay/research paper, 2500 words (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks comprising lectures, tutorials and presentations; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed one of the following courses: ARTV3028, ARTV3033 or DESN3010, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV6032.

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3600
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6825 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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