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VSA3004 Contemporary Art Practice 4

Semester 1, 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: Rhiannan Johnson


Pre-requisite: VSA2002 and VSA2003


This course is offered in ON-CAMPUS mode as STUDIO PRACTICE and EXTERNAL mode as STUDIO RESEARCH.

For 3rd Year courses: This course is essential in offering students an extensive understanding of studio research and research methodologies within a contemporary art context. The course is designed for students engaging in practical and/or theoretical work at an advanced level and offers blended learning opportunities via on campus and external modes.

In on-campus and external modes students learn advanced concepts, techniques and skills to analyse, apply and critically engage with visual art research and also understand its significance in relation to other creative art disciplines within the central topic of Identity. This course is integral to further understanding of Here and Now within VSA3005 Contemporary Art Practice 5 and BCA3001 Project B. Through this approach, this course is pertinent as a pathway for students wanting to undertake honours and postgraduate studies. This course and VSA3005 Contemporary Art Practice 5 are the capstone courses for studio practice and research and these two courses form the knowledge and skills for further study in Honours & Post-graduate research.

This course builds on Contemporary Art Practice 2 and 3 courses by addressing studio research within a contemporary art context at an advanced level. In particular, the course focuses on students being competent in identifying, analysing and applying research methodologies within their own art practice and/or within their own writing. This is further enhanced by the course content also providing an informed application of current theoretical discourse and practical examples of research methodologies within the contemporary art field. The course encourages both professional research engagement in order for students to further demonstrate research skills within visual art practice and theory. On completion of this course, students will acquire appropriate skills and resources which will allow them to pursue further studies (Honours and post-graduate).

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. know how and why to exhibit arts practice appropriately within a professional environment;
  2. research and critically evaluate different research methods and processes within both contemporary art practice and or theory;
  3. produce a body of work that effectively includes professional creative concepts, experimental methods and solutions;
  4. communicate, contextualise and manage their studio practice and research;
  5. work independently, collaboratively or within the discipline of hybrid practice;
  6. critically examine complex professional issues involved within the visual arts on a regional, national and international level.


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1. ON-CAMPUS: Students will undertake work in either one or more studios including: painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture and hybrid practice

EXTERNAL: In consultation with their supervisor, students will complete research in relevant theoretical discourses and/or practical work in their studio area of specialisation

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no specific texts or materials required for this course. Students are required to research and utilise various sources and materials as a way of demonstrating the outcomes of their arts practice. The list of reference materials below will assist with answering all assignments as well as developing research related to studios.

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

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Date printed 2 July 2022