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VSA1021 Art and Design

Semester 1, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Kyle Jenkins
Moderator: Stuart Thorp


This course further develops the key critical frameworks introduced in both theory and practice building on theses through the development of personalised theoretical debates within studio practice and research. As a result of this, this course provides a further in-depth development of key debates in contemporary art history, theory and practice focusing primarily on the design, development and final production of a professional project by each student. This is done through the development and production of written and practical studio work.


The conceptual frameworks developed by this course will develop students' concepts about practical work and design. Throughout the course, students will learn and develop critical tools which will enable them to reflect upon and theorise their practice within design, visual art and culture and will enable each student to critically analyse the work that they have done.


On completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. demonstrate the role of artistic concerns in forming the aesthetics of visual arts;
  2. apply a knowledge of the development of contemporary aesthetics and concepts through a broad survey of historical and current contemporary thought;
  3. demonstrate cultural and professional literacy through investigating underlying aesthetic conventions within works of art in their varying contexts;
  4. demonstrate written and oral communication skills by clearly and logically expressing ideas pertaining to aesthetic and conceptual perspectives as they relate to the visual arts in general and their own work specifically, supported by evidence of research and analysis;
  5. manage and coordinate the research exploration required to successfully fulfil the requirements for assignments 1,2 and 3. All these will reflect and address the course objectives.


Description Weighting(%)
1. 1 The development, realisation and articulation of arts concepts and production is a fundamental basis of visual arts/crafts practice, This is a standalone project course with content directed by studio lecturing staff. Practice may involve a specialist or inter-disciplinary approach. Acquired studio drawings and plans, journals and self-evaluation are an essential component of this course. Assessment requirements include attendance at studio lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, critiques and discussion forums, as well as the presentation of completed work.

1.1 Students are to base their work within Environmental Art, Design or Visual Construction. Within these areas students will develop 3 projects which will incorporate a major project as well as photography and studio research.

1.2 Students are required to develop a journal which includes all designs, research and practical experiments. All these will contribute to the studio work.

1.3 All studio work needs to include a mixture of finished and work in progress.

1.4 Assessment 1 - "SELF" ? Students will be asked to produce a conceptual portrait of themselves. This portrait needs to take into account issues related to race, religion, sexuality, family, autobiographical information or any other ideas the student considers important for the production of the work. The assessment for this project will be the production of 3 photographs that embody the idea of the ?SELF? and how it is related to personalised identity. Students should also present related research, plans and experiments they have undertaken that have developed the production of the final 3 works.

1.5 Assessment 2- ?PLACE? ? Students will be required to examine a specific place. This could be either an urban, suburban or rural environment. The idea of this assessment is that through developing research, experiments and the final finished work, students will be developing the idea of ?mapping? the essence of a particular place through their own interpretation. The final assessable item for this assessment is the production of 3 photographs as well as all related research, designs, plans and experiments they have produced.

1.6 Assessment 3 ? ?ENVIRONMENT? - For this item of assessment students will be required to produce a maquette of a proposed public art project as the outcome of the research, plans and designs they have undertaken. They need to present a written brief that includes maquettes of the proposed artwork, 3D designs and any additional writing, research, or designs which contribute to the final project. This assessment involves the design and development of a constructed space.

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Benjamin, A & Osborne, P (eds) 1991, Thinking art: beyond traditional aesthetics, Institute of Contemporary Art, London.
  • Bryson, N, Holly, MA & Moxey, K (eds) 1991, Visual theory: painting and interpretation, Polity Press, Cambridge.
  • Collinson, D 1988, Fifty major philosophers: a reference guide, Routledge, New York, London.
  • Cooper, D 1996, World philosophies: an historical introduction, Blackwell, Oxford, Cambridge, MA.
  • Danto, AC 1986, The philosophical disenfranchisement of art, Columbia University Press, New York.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Online Lectures 13.00
Private Study 152.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSESSMENT 1 100 10 31 Mar 2014
ASSESSMENT 2 100 30 28 Apr 2014
ASSESSMENT 3 - 100 60 10 Jun 2014

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.