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VIS2020 Intermediate Studio 2

Semester 2, 2023 Online
Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Course Coordinator: Linda Clark


Pre-requisite: (VIS1010 and VIS1020) or (FSP1004 and DIT1004)
Enrolment is not permitted in VIS2020 if VSA2002 and VSA2003 have been previously completed.


This course builds upon the foundational visual art courses, and aims to establish a higher level of competency in and understanding of professional visual art practices. This course aims to increase awareness of professional practices and standards that are necessary for pursuing careers in the visual arts and related creative industries. Intermediate studios courses VIS2010 and VIS2020 are an important bridge between foundational and advanced studio courses, as they aim to increase the student’s ability to formulate links between art and ideas through reflection and process, and then to pursue these links in a self-directed manner.
This course builds on the knowledge and skills gained in VIS1010 and VIS1020 and is integral and complementary to the understanding of VIS2010.

In this course, students will undertake studies in a minimum of two studio areas. Students should acquire new skills and advance their existing skill and knowledge, to be able to make independent realisations about the connections between art practice and ideas, then pursue these realisations in a self-directed manner. Drawing on the process-based skills and ideas developed in the foundational pre-requisite units, this course will allow students to further their creative and critical engagement within their chosen studios. Students will be required to be self-directed in identifying, designing and making studio works, which will assist them in transitioning into their final year of studio practice. This course will enable students to contextualise their practice and further develop key research and practice skills through independent and collaborative learning. This will be supported through lectures, workshop tutorials, critiques, consults and group discussions.

On campus students will be required to undertake relevant WH&S inductions and employ the safe handling of materials, processes and equipment.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. Examine and discuss concepts related to historical and contemporary artists’ practices, and the broader arts industry that will be a foundation for advanced studio practice;
  2. Develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes that engages with creative, critical and reflective thinking to produce and realise completed art works and creative forms of expression that will lead to more advanced studio practice;
  3. Apply appropriate levels of ethics to studio, work processes and presentation/installation;
  4. Work independently to develop an intermediate understanding of philosophy within visual art studio practice and research;
  5. Communicate verbally and in writing by clearly and logically expressing ideas about key concepts and creative problem solving in practice.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Intermediate Skills and Materials – Student selected studio 1

2. Intermediate Skills and Materials – Student selected studio 2
3. Intermediate Studio Research – Artists and Concepts
4. Intermediate Presentation Skills – Written and Verbal
5. Intermediate Research and Analysis of Ideas as Linked to Practice in the Visual Arts 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Stiles, K & Selz, P 2012, Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings, Second edn, University of California Press.

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) No 20 1,5
Assignments Creative Creative work 2 No 40 2,3,4,5
Assignments Creative Creative work 1 No 40 2,3,4,5
Date printed 24 September 2023