• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Music, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Lindsay Kelley
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2024
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This intensively-delivered course focuses on writing about practice-led research. Aimed at students working in the creative arts and design, the course introduces strategies and methods for experimenting with voice, structure, and content. Students will develop a critical awareness of how to think and argue through writing, as well as the skills and confidence required for making research public at an advanced level.


Students will write about an art or design subject related to their research questions in order to develop their capacity for critical awareness through self-directed research. Through this investigation, they will incorporate a variety of strategies to experiment with voice, structure, content, and writing styles.


Students are encouraged to contact the course convenor to discuss their research.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. independently analyse and critically reflect on different modes of writing on practice-led research;
  2. research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice;
  3. interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to peers;
  4. apply course material to extended writing exercises; and
  5. speak with confidence about an aspect of writing.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation, including 10 minute oral presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Method workshop documentation and 500 word summary (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Poster (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Essay (4000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 35 hours of contact: lectures and tutorials, delivered intensively; and

b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed at least 6 units of 8000 level courses or permission by the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Dumit, J. “Writing the Implosion: Teaching the World One Thing at a Time.” Cultural Anthropology Vol. 29 No. 2 (2014).

Copies of required readings will be posted on the Wattle site prior to the intensive.

Preliminary Reading

Barrett, E and Bolt B. (eds.) Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry. London: IB Tauris, 2007.

Carter, Paul. Material Thinking: The Theory and Practice of Creative Research. Melbourne: MUP, 2004.

Loveless, N. How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation, Durham: Duke University Press, 2019.


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

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5498 08 Apr 2024 08 Apr 2024 10 Apr 2024 12 Apr 2024 In Person View

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