Body and Image: Re-Appraising the Figure

Subject 760-236 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture, a 2-hour workshop and five hours studio access per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 5 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Usually 25 points of first year visual media.
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.

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Dr Barb Bolt


Barbara Bolt
Subject Overview: This subject investigates the dialogue between theories and philosophies of human subjectivity and changing representations of the human form in visual media. The subject has a strong conceptual, theoretical and historical basis that is investigated in the context of a studio and project based program. Theoretically informed project based work builds from a studio work component that focuses on the development of skills in the representation of the human form.
  • critically examine the representation of the human figure in the context of traditional and contemporary visual art for its narrative, metaphoric and expressive value;
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to effectively represent the figure as form in space, from direct observation as well as in a range of conceptual forms;
  • develop a good understanding of the process of self evaluation and how this facility assists in the development of ideas, source material and practical application;
  • engage in the critical evaluation, selection and exhibition of work in a gallery context.
Assessment: A visual/written research proposal equivalent to 500 words 25% (due mid semester), a contextual essay of 1000 words 25% (due during semester) and practical projects equivalent to 2500 words 50% (due at the end of semester). A hurdle requirement of a minimum 80% attendance.
Prescribed Texts:
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • research through competent use of the library and other information sources, and through defining areas of enquiry and methods of research;
  • demonstrate time management, independent organization and planning;
  • communicate in oral, written and/or creative form;
  • think critically and analyse through recommended reading and essay writing and workshop practice by determining the strength of an argument.
Notes: Formerly available as 760-236 Visual Arts: Re-appraising the Figure. Students who have completed Visual Arts: Re-appraising the Figure are not eligible to enrol in 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
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Gender Studies
Gender Studies

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