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VIS8010 Studio Workshop and Theory Development (Masters)

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
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 : 27 January 2023


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MARA


Students studying a Master of Arts theory or practice-led pathway will undertake this course to enhance research development within their chosen studio or theoretical field at an advanced level. VIS8010 enables students to rigorously workshop specialized studio concepts and to critically examine theoretical discourses as well as contexts that will contribute to their final professional studio work and/or dissertation. Depending on the nature of the research focus, students can select to do the following:

1. an advanced studio workshop
2. specialised development of theoretical research
3. a specialised combination of studio workshop and theoretical development

VIS8010 offers an important opportunity for students to critically explore the relationship between studio practice and theory: in both their critical differences as well as synergies. This provides the student an enhanced contextual understanding between traditional academic research and studio research within the professional creative art field. This approach is advantageous for students who are highly competent in intersecting theoretical debates with a rigorous studio examination of their central research topic. The emphasis on theory development within this course allows students to engage in a specific research area within creative art theory or a specialised interweaving of cross-disciplinary fields. VIS8010 also provides an avenue for students to research in areas that are outside of the student’s specific discipline or expertise.

This course is designed to enhance the student's investigation of complex studio research and theoretical debates within the Master of Arts candidature. The course provides a necessary avenue for a rigorous experimental space for the student to `test' and further develop their critical enquiry within their chosen research area. Throughout this approach, a rigorous exploration of historical and contemporary contexts will be examined in light of the student's research. This course involves critical engagement in conceptual, technical and process driven research to achieve a resolved body of work as well as theoretical research to advance the content of the student's thesis or exegesis.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 27 January 2023