• 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, Design
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Lucy Irvine
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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Contemporary creative practitioners are required to develop a range of engagement and impact strategies to extend the communication of their work. Students will be exposed to diverse professional opportunities such as running workshops, community projects and creating participatory artworks in public space. They will work closely with Canberra-based institutions to devise and deliver a public program, using their class peers as participants and test subjects. Depending on the brief, these public programs could focus on real-world problematics such as sustainability, place-making, well-being or marginalisation. Through collaboration, consultation and direct experience, students will deepen their understanding of materials-based and research-led practice.

Overall, this course expands upon what it is to be a creative practitioner by examining the objectives and possibilities of public engagement and wider social impact. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. respond to a brief by researching and developing engagement methodologies and formats;
  2. work collaboratively and professionally as part of a team, taking a leadership role when required, and constructively contributing to peer learning wherever possible;
  3. interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences and/or institutions;
  4. demonstrate knowledge and understanding public engagement as a methodology and outcome within contemporary creative practices; and
  5. document and critically reflect on engagement processes, formats and outcomes.

Work Integrated Learning


Field trips to local institutions, working on a project with a brief, liasing with an institution and the possibility of either running a real-life public program or simulating it with a peer group

Other Information

School of Art & Design studio courses have a limited enrolment capacity. Students are advised to enrol as early as possible to maximise the opportunity of securing a place.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly Forum Engagement, Weeks 1-4 (15) [LO 2,3,4]
  2. Individual Oral Presentation (15) [LO 3,4]
  3. Individual Development Folio (20) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  4. Group Project Delivery and Reflective Analysis (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks consisting of lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and

b) 82 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of courses towards an ANU degree. You must also have completed 12 units of 1000 or 2000 level Visual Arts (ARTV) courses, or with permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

Refer to Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Refer to Wattle.

Assumed Knowledge

Some knowledge of art and design processes and applications.


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.

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

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3818 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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