Contemporary Art Practice B

Subject FINA60002 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 6 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Southbank - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

Contact hours: 3 hours per week.

Total time commitment: 3 hours per week woorkshop plus at least 3 hours per week in individual studio practice.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirments for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Dr Kate Daw


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Consolidating experience gained in the chosen art form in Contemporary Art Practice A, student initiated projects are devised and developed in consultation with the tutor. Individual guidance and advice will be provided with a view to realising resolved work suitable for exhibition. In consultation with the tutor students will prepare selected work and install it in a group exhibition in one of the School's exhibition venues. A formal group discussion of and critical reflection upon the working the exhibition will take place.


On completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Plan and organise their own studio activity and effectively utilise resources appropriate to their developing art practice;
  • Explore ideas and personal concerns by means of the manipulation and organisation of materials and images;
  • Demonstrate a developing knowledge of contemporary visual art practice;
  • Investigate and evaluate the personal relevance of traditional and contemporary models of art practice;
  • Communicate verbally, their observations of and responses to the products of visual art practice.

A folio of resolved and developmental work and supporting documentation (sketch book and or notebook) equivalent to 3,500 words (80%); selection, resolution, preparation, installation of exhibition component (20%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of the subject students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation.
  • Demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional visual artist in the 21st century.
  • Demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Visual Art

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