• 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 PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Raquel Ormella
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This course enables students to plan, consolidate and resolve the methodological approaches that underpins the meaning, intent and outcomes of their art practice. The outcomes for this course will be the development and shaping of a personal methodology culminating in the creation of new work. This course supports self-directed independent research with an emphasis on practice-led research*. Through an in-depth analysis of contemporary art practices, 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. Students benefit directly from academic staff research-led teaching as the course is structured around seminar presentations and responses by a range of guest lectures. Aligning with the SOAD research hubs the course 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 to identify how their practice creates 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. critically examine contemporary art practice methodologies through an analysis of appropriate examples of works of art;
  2. propose and consolidate an original and substantial independent practice-led research utilising methodologies relevant to their own practice;
  3. identify and apply contemporary frameworks in order to clearly articulate the strategies, processes and rationale for making their own work; and
  4. present reasoned, referenced, and structured arguments at an advanced level in both written and audio-visual forms.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Scripted oral independent proposal presentation (1000 words,10 min) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Progressive visual and audio documentation of completed and work in progress (1500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Written critical reflection and methodological analysis to support independent practice-led research (3500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Independent practice-led research project (body of creative work) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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390 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 24 hours of contact: seminar tutorials, delivered over 12 weeks. (2 hours scheduled seminar and tutorial lectures per week) (4 hours workshop specific supervisory meeting over 12 weeks - by appointment only) Contact hours may include field trips in the Canberra region.

and b) 362 hours of independent student practice-led research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

Enrolment in Master of Contemporary Art Practices, Master of Contemporary Art Practices (Advanced), Master of Contemporary Practice in Art and Design or Master of Contemporary Practice in Art and Design (Advanced).

Prescribed Texts

Readings and other course materials will be listed on the course Wattle site.


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:
18 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.

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18.00 0.37500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $11340
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $15840
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3963 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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