The Artist in the World - Part 1

Subject MULT10009 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

24 hours per semester





Recommended Background Knowledge:

None required

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject will introduce students to the key ideas of space, time and body as interpreted by artists. Students will apply knowledge of broad historical perspectives to the appraisal of particular artists and art movements within their specific cultural context. Students will also evaluate the capacity of particular critical approaches to facilitate comparative studies between art forms. This subject is offered as a weekly lecture and tutorial program.

Part 1: Time, Space & Body is an introduction to the visual and performing arts focusing on the three key themes of time, space and body. We will proceed by looking at how these three themes inform practice within and across the art forms. Starting with the idea that time, space, and body form points of intersection between the visual and performing arts we will explore the pedagogical practices currently employed in the Schools of the VCA as well as analyse some of the technical, aesthetic and conceptual outcomes. We will investigate the influences of various historical and contemporary contexts on the application and interpretation of these three themes. In addition we will examine the possibilities for research in and through the arts which lead to new modes of representation and the creation of new knowledge.

Learning Outcomes:

• To offer each student the opportunity to enhance his or her critical, analytical, research, literacy and presentation skills.
• To offer each student the opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaborative encounters and practice.


Students must satisfactorily complete written work of 2000 words or its equivalent and actively participate in tutorials to successfully complete the subject. Intellectual journal - 15 pages (45%); theoretical investigation - 800 words (30%); tutorial participation (25%); Hurdle requirement - 80% attendance.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the Artist in The World subject students should be able to:
• identify key issues in contemporary cultural practice;
• acquire a critical vocabulary and refine written and verbal communication skills;
• develop an appreciation of the social and historical context of creative work;
• develop the ability to critically analyse and evaluate discourses and performances in contemporary arts practice;
• develop a more reflective approach towards their practice and across disciplines.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Dance (VCA)
Bachelor of Fine Art
Bachelor of Music Performance (Improvisation) (VCA)
Bachelor of Music Theatre
Bachelor of Production

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