Spacelab:Experiments in Contemporary Art

Subject 760-103 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture, a 2-hour workshop and five hours studio access per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


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Subject Overview:

This foundation subject aims to introduce students in visual media to various media, art-historical traditions, professional practices (museum curating/art criticism/international opportunities), and theoretical positions. Through this they will develop a critical self-awareness about their own visual media practice and an understanding of the issues and contexts that inform visual media practice and theory at an international level. Through a combination of workshops, group critiques, lectures, and gallery visits the student will explore the contemporary visual world and will challenge conventional ideas about the theory and practice of visual media production. The course provides a foundation for cross-disciplinary work in visual media, and within that context develops an intellectual framework that encourages students to investigate ideas as art.

Assessment: A 10-minute oral/visual presentation 20% equivalent to 500 words (due during semester). An essay/exhibition review 20% equivalent to 1000 words (due during semester) and a folio 60% equivalent 2500 words (Spacelab projects plus sketchbooks) due at the end of semester. A hurdle requirement of a minimum of 80% attendance required.Assessment submitted late without an approved formal extension will be penalised at 2% per day. Students who fail to submit up to 2-weeks after the final due date without a formal extension and/or special consideration will receive a fail grade for the piece of assessment.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:
  • apply analytical, cognitive and practical skills to the planning and successful completion of at least two minor and one major project;

  • think creatively and independently, and engage in constructive, critical discourse;

  • research the mechanics of the art world from historical, cultural, and contemporary perspectives;

  • express complex concepts and undertake intellectual investigations through visual imagery;

  • participate in informed discussion relative to the philosophy and methodologies inherent in the discipline.


A quota of 100 students applies to this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Creative Arts
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Teaching
Diploma in Creative Arts

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