• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Visual Arts, Creative Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anna Madeleine Raupach
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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In this course, students are introduced to the core skills, concepts and terminology fundamental to contemporary arts practices. Students will work both individually and collaboratively to experiment with materials and processes and learn to describe and analyse artworks through critical reflection. Students will be asked to consider First Nations and Indigenous perspectives and a range of social, cultural, ethical and environmental issues contributing to current debates in contemporary arts practice.

This course provides a common foundation for students undertaking the Bachelor of Visual Arts program by orienting students on how to navigate their program of study, the School of Art & Design, and institutional and external learning resources . Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) instruction is an integral part of this course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. recognise and apply terminology, concepts and core skills fundamental to visual arts practices;
  2. work independently and collaboratively to acquire skills and knowledge for use in arts practices;
  3. recognise and reflect on Indigenous and First Nations perspectives and cultural contributions;
  4. demonstrate an awareness of current debates and relevant social, cultural, ethical and environmental issues in contemporary art;
  5. experiment with materials to take aesthetic and conceptual risks; and
  6. describe and discuss the studio-based outcomes and artworks by one’s self and others.

Other Information

This course will include an in-person "first year experience" project as an intensive 4-day (6 hours/day) module. This will comprise 24 of the 48 class contact hours required for this course, and the schedule will be published in the ANU timetable, the Class Summary and on Wattle.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Portfolio (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Documentation and critical reflection (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of contact over the semester: lectures, tutorials, collaborative participatory projects, critiques and supervised studio practice; and b) 82 hours of independent studio practice, independent learning, faculty orientation, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVART), or enrolled in a Minor of Visual Arts Practice (VAPR-MIN). Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

N/A. All readings will be provided via 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
2024 $3780
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
3806 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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