Open Art

Subject FINA10033 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

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: 36
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours.

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:


Ms Merrin Eirth


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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Open Art is designed to introduce, familiarise and induct students into workshops and labs within the School of Art. Students undertake 2x6 week classes in workshops and labs other than their designated studio. Practical and conceptual lines of enquiry are examined through set projects in classes and workshops. This subject offers students the opportunity for an immersive, experiential exploration of concepts through a range of traditional and new media technologies. Classes and workshops will offer students relevant practical information designed to stimulate and develop technical skills and diverse modes of enquiry. Projects are designed to complement and underpin individual studio-based research in the first year of study.

Students enrolled in Open Art will subsequently via the portal’s online class registration process (opens 4 weeks before classes commence), choose the 2 different areas or ‘selectives’ to study outside their own discipline. It is important that you register as soon as possible. The selectives listed below will only run if registration numbers are sufficient. Additionally, please note that registration quotas apply to each selective, to maximise the studio immersion.

2013 block choices will be from the following list, with more detailed information about each selective available in guidebooks distributed during Week 0 and on School and Department noticeboards:

Painting >Painting and the Constructed Model
Photography >New Imaging Digital Lab Processes
Photography >Photography and the Five Obstructions
Drawing & Printmedia >Extreme Frottage
Drawing & Printmedia >Printmaking Workshop Introduction
Sculpture & Spatial Practice >Casting Substitutes


This subject will enable students to:
• pursue new and unfamiliar modes of artistic enquiry;
• increase confidence to undertake experimental technical/artistic approaches in developing set projects;
• gain early understanding of ways to approach basic levels of artistic research;
• develop confidence in the articulation of ideas and critical analysis of work produced;
• develop time management strategies in response to set deadlines;
• understand approaches to professional presentation of projects;
• stimulate and expand modes of practice and enquiry.


Assessment is based on a comprehensive folio of completed set projects and associated experimental works submitted at the end of each 6 week block (50% x 2=100% for the semester).

80% class attendance (hurdle requirement) for each 6-week block.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completing this subject students will be able to:
• demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
• demonstrate practical skills in respect of critical analysis, problem solving, report writing, team work and oral and written communication;
• demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional visual artist in the 21st century;
• work at various levels, both as an individual and as a team member, in a wide variety of visual artistic environments;
• demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas;
• understand their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art)

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