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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Caulfield First semester 2010 (External Candidature)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (External Candidature)
Coordinator(s)Dr Robert Nelson


The subject centres around the visual production of the candidates, and enables the critical examination, appraisal and defence of the studio work, its relation to the terms of the proposal and its relation to the concept of research. Discussions in class identify relationships between intuitive, artistic intentions and the principles of objectivity which inform investigative method in non-artistic disciplines.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. be able to identify and interrogate the intention within their work, submitting it to critical scrutiny and either defending it or modifying it against such scrutiny;
  2. be able to argue the logic of their chosen working method - whether led by formulated intention of led by intuitive making processes - in order to provide insights into the artistic process;
  3. be able to argue the contemporary relevance of their work;
  4. have a self-critical understanding of their practice, expecially with respect to ideological issues like gender, class and ethnicity;
  5. be equipped to sustain an exegetical elaboration of their work and its placement in current visual production.


Preliminary work on studio proposal: 25%
Discursive studio record (5000 words): 75%

Chief examiner(s)

Robert Nelson

Contact hours

2 hour per week , 10 hours of private study