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VIS1402 Artists and their Studio Practice

Semester 2, 2022 Online
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 : 30 June 2022


Examiner: David Akenson


Enrolment is not permitted in VIS1402 if VSA2001 has been previously completed.


Fundamental knowledge about visual art ideas and processes is essential for both students of art and practising artists. As such, students should learn how to critically engage with, and form an understanding of, artists’ intentions, and how these are realised through process and material. The aim of this course is to provide students with the foundational skills required to critically examine art practices. This knowledge underpins both the ongoing discussion of art and ideas, and the studio practices of individual artists engaged with professional art industries.

This course will examine multifaceted approaches to art practice and aesthetics, positioned within the focus of 20th and 21st century cultural and artistic theories. Students will view and research key artists and the ways in which they articulate conceptual intentions to reach creative outcomes. The knowledge obtained from this course will form the basis for subsequent courses about art and ideas, and provides key information for students engaged in studio-based courses or activity, who will need to become critically reflective of their own work, as practicing artists. This course will also introduce students to discussions about the public reception of artworks, and how works can become a conversation between artist and viewer.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. Assess individual artistic practices and the concepts and processes which are seminal in the formation of visual outcomes and ethical research;
  2. Apply critical and creative thought processes through the analysis of visual arts practice;
  3. Communicate effectively in a range of modes but especially in writing, particularly by clearly and logically expressing ideas pertaining to aesthetic and conceptual visual arts perspectives and outcomes;
  4. Work independently and be responsible for developing and adapting knowledge to articulate concepts that relate to individual artist analysis.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Examining key artists – works and processes
2. How artists talk and write about their art practices
3. How to discuss and critically analyse art works and processes 25.00
4. Discussing and interpreting artist intention versus viewer reception 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.

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 20 1,3
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) 2 No 30 3,4
Assignments Written Essay No 50 2,3,4
Date printed 30 June 2022