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VIS1302 Innovation in Art, Architecture, New Media and Design

Semester 2, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Tanya McLean


Enrolment is not permitted in VIS1302 if VSA1003 has been previously completed.


Innovation in Art, Architecture, New Media & Design is the investigation of how the term ‘artist’ is not solely confined to fine art, but also how individuals in a variety of fields are reshaping what it means to be creative practitioners. Students in this class will have the opportunity to extend their understanding of the study of art by researching experimental ideas (topics) that are grounded within 20th Century history. These are the foundation upon which our contemporary societies are reshaped continually through private and public creativity.

This course looks at recent trends in visual art where artists and their practices have become hybridised disciplines expanding from conventional outcomes (such as painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, ceramics, object making and printmaking) into new and exciting areas of artistic practice within architecture, new media and design. This course will encourage students to achieve a greater understanding and awareness of the broad spectrum of artistic practices that are inherent within not only visual art, but across a multitude of artistic areas such as design, architecture and new media. This is undertaken through investigating how contemporary society has become a playground for various practitioners to explore new outcomes within private and public spaces changing the way societies and cultures experience their built worlds.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Examine and discuss concepts associated with artists across multiple disciplines and how their practices represent contemporary hybridised artistic expression;
  2. Research and analyse historical and contemporary practices within art, architecture, new media and design;
  3. Work independently to develop and communicate ideas in writing that contribute to an emerging personal philosophy based on research, analysis and interpretation within all assignments;
  4. Research and interpret information and form critical arguments.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Researching and analysing expanded visual art practice (architecture, new media and design) 25.00
2. Examining hybrid practices
3. 20th Century art, architecture, new media and design
4. 21st Century art, architecture, new media and design 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Robertson, McDaniel 2016, Themes of Contemporary Art, Visual Art after 1980.
Smith, T 2019, Art to Come, Histories of Contemporary Art.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) 1 No 30 2,3
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) 2 No 20 1,3
Assignments Written Essay No 50 1,2,3,4
Date printed 2 July 2022