• Code ARTV8042
  • Unit Value 12 to 24 units
  • 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 PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Peter Alwast
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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In this course students situate their art practice within the framework of practice-led research. It provides structured support to extend critical and analytical thinking, connecting students to the problem-solving processes and methodologies employed in the contemporary art today. In this course students propose, develop and execute an independent practice-led research project in alignment with the SOAD research hubs. The project proposal is negotiated through a formal agreement between the student and a proposed workshop, discipline or available resources. 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 art practice. Through practice-led research students are encouraged to try a range of approaches to contemporary art practices focuses on specialist knowledge of materials and skills, or tests new conceptual methodologies, or solve problems through cross-disciplinary or hybrid experiences. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. propose, plan and execute original independent practice-led research, utilising methodologies that test and investigate contemporary art practices;
  2. demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary art practices, including knowledge, concepts, skills, techniques and contexts relevant to their own practice;
  3. critically reflect upon, and demonstrate research outcomes through their practice, supported by written and oral components; and
  4. communicate theoretical, aesthetic, conceptual and imaginative propositions to a range of audiences through independent practice-led research.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Scripted oral independent proposal presentation (1000 words, 10 min) 24 unit: + Supporting research report (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Wattle forum and online activities participation (1000 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Progressive visual and audio documentation of completed work in progress (10) [LO 3,4]
  4. Written critical reflection and methodological analysis to support independent practice-led research 12 unit: 2500 words 24 unit: 5000 words (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Independent practice-led research project Volume and level of project scoped to 12 or 24 unit course requirements (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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12 unit version

260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 30 hours of contact in the form of lectures, seminars and workshop type activities. Contact hours may include field trips in the Canberra region.

and b) 230 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

24 unit version

520 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 30 hours of contact in the form of lectures, seminars and workshop type activities. Contact hours may include field trips in the Canberra region.

and b) 490 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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:
12 to 24 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
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $630 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $880 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8959 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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