• 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
  • Work Integrated Learning Simulation/Virtual
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

This course provides students with training in research principles and methods as they relate to practice-led research. The course covers research writing modes and methods, studio investigative processes and methodologies, critical thinking. Students experiment with skills relevant to individual research projects.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. devise, plan and execute a body of studio investigations;
  2. select and combine materials and processes skilfully to give visual form to ideas;
  3. develop a studio-based methodology relevant for a specified topic;
  4. apply progressive research questions to studio investigations;
  5. identify and describe relevant historical and contemporary practices and relate them to the project's concerns by integrating studio and contextual investigation/research; and
  6. explain and provide a rationale for the practice-led research project.

Work Integrated Learning


Independent projects but depending on particular student research, could include fieldwork.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Studio Investigations (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Expanded Proposal, 1500 words (30) [LO 5,6]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 36 hours of seminar classes and lectures, and12 hours of workshop based tutorials, reading groups and/or critiques; and, b) 212 hours of independent studio and allied investigations

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) (HVART).

Prescribed Texts

On Wattle

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
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