• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course provides students with a broad view of contexts that underpin and continue to shape discourse in contemporary crafts, visual arts and critical design practices. The course theme, "Materiality and Situation", addresses how meaning is constructed through choices of materials, material processes, modes of display and presentation. Students will engage in speculative experiments with making and display to create and subvert perceived value and to shape audience interpretations. A series of seminars and research projects will introduce students to wide-ranging works and installations of contemporary art, craft and design as examples and references for their own projects. The overarching theme encourages trans-disciplinary, practice-based responses in which students interrogate their choices of materials, processes and display to make intentional decisions . Students will demonstrate and apply critical thinking and studio theory to projects through independent and/or collaborative work. This course does not provide workshop-based demonstrations or direct studio supervision. The course is aimed at preparing BVART students for their 3000-level Visual Arts courses.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. investigate and experiment with a range of materials, processes and modes of display through speculative, practice-based projects addressing course and task themes;
  2. demonstrate a critical awareness of how choices of materials, processes, and presentation impact the meaning of contemporary craft, art and design works; and
  3. identify, research and interrogate contextual references of craftspeople, artists and designers whose work demonstrates course themes and informs project development.

Other Information

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. Portfolio (60) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Written reflections, 1000 words (20) [LO 2,3]
  3. Presentation, 10 minutes (20) [LO 2,3]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: lectures, tutorials and critiques; and

b) 94 hours of independent studio practice, documentation, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level or 2000 level Visual Arts (ARTV) courses, or 6 units of 1000 level or 2000 level Design (DESN) courses, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable.

Assumed Knowledge

This is a second year course that contributes to the BVART degree program. It is assumed that students have taken 1000 level Visual Arts and Art History/Art Theory courses, and can apply and extend upon their prior knowledge of terminology, materials and processes to this course.


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.

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