• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Peter Alwast
    • Ella Barclay
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
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This course supports students to discover and advance their individual creative processes through practice-led research. It provides support for creativity through critical and analytical thinking, connecting them to the problem-solving processes and methodologies employed in the contemporary fields of art and/or design today.

In this course students propose, develop and execute a major practice-led research project of their choice. The project proposal is negotiated through a formal agreement between the student and a proposed supervisor. Students must gain permission and support of a staff member to supervise them before enrolling in this course. The course encourages specialised, interdisciplinary, speculative, and reflective practices, and allows for experiential learning outcomes that question and test the ideas and concepts underpinning a student’s own studio research. 

Through practice-led research students are encouraged to try a range of approaches to contemporary practice in art and/or design that focuses on specialist knowledge of materials and skills, or tests new conceptual methodologies, or solve problems through cross-disciplinary or hybrid experiences. Workshops supported by the program include Design, Jewellery and Object, Textiles, Furniture, Sculpture and Spatial Practice, Painting, Photography and Media Arts, Ceramics, Glass, and Printmedia and Drawing.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. propose plan and execute independent practice-led research utilising methodologies that test and investigate a major art and/or design project;
  2. demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary art and design practices, including knowledge, concepts, skills, techniques and contexts relevant to their own practice;
  3. critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply theoretical, conceptual and aesthetic elements of creative practice in the production of creative works and/or professionally relevant projects; and
  4. communicate theoretical, aesthetic, conceptual and imaginative propositions to a range of audiences through independent practice-led research.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Major practice-led research proposal (1,200 words). The proposal is a hurdle requirement for completion of the course. (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Major investigative practice-led research project. (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research documentation and written critical reflection (2,400 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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A total of 260 hours student learning time, including a minimum of 12 hours of direct contact with the supervisor. It is the joint responsibility of the student and supervisor to arrange times for face-to-face contact. The supervisor is normally only available for email or face-to-face consultation during teaching weeks of each semester.

Inherent Requirements

N/A - course amendment only

Requisite and Incompatibility

Students are required to forward the following documentation to soa.pgc@anu.edu.au with their request to enrol: a completed program plan (CASS Degrees and Program Plans: https://cass.anu.edu.au/current-students/degrees-and-program-plans); and email confirmation of supervision support from a School of Art and Design academic staff member

You will need to contact the School of Art and Design to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

Students must demonstrate they have the base knowledge/skills required to carry out their proposed project.


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:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $7560
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $10560
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
4333 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9325 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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