Open Art

Subject FINA10033 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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:


Dr Mark Dustin


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 block classes in programmes, 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 enrolling in Open Art will (via the student portals online class registration process) choose 2 different studio areas outside of their own studio discipline. It is important to both enrol and register as soon as possible. The selectives will only run if registration numbers are sufficient. Additionally, please note that registration quotas apply to each selective, to maximise the studio immersion.

Block choices change annually, with more detailed information about each selective being made available to students on School and Department noticeboards.

Learning Outcomes:

This subject should 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 for the folio to be considered for assessment purposes.

Prescribed Texts:

Incidental Fees will apply for the purpose of accessing workshops/labs and purchase of materials as relevant.

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 should 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 (Visual Art)

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