Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

print version

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered, or view unit timetables.

FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Cate Consandine


This unit is the fifth in the Contemporary Practices sequence. In this unit emphasis is placed on independent investigation, and the development of the creative and expressive potential inherent in student' work. Imagination combined with advanced conceptualisation and innovation in material manipulation should be manifest at this stage of students' practice. Whilst providing a stimulating and supportive environment this unit provides a bridge between students' experience in the supervised studio and a fully-fledged independent professional practice in the broader arts arena.


  1. Students will be strongly self-motivated, and able to construct a program of work with a coherent direction which imaginatively addresses their own concerns;
  2. Be able to produce outcomes that display conviction, confidence and control in concepts and materials, and be able to isolate areas of their own work that require further research and sustain a directed inquiry into these;
  3. Understand how to apply existing materials and technologies in new contexts and interdisciplinary language;
  4. Deepen their understanding of current issues in fine art and recognise the potential to produce works within the framework of contemporary culture;
  5. Be able to position and contextualise the evaluations of their work and that of other students within the historical and contemporary context and express these observations through a mode of outcomes, and;
  6. Increased understanding and practice the rules of occupational health and safety in force in the studio, and are able to collaborate and co-operate safely within the studio environment with observance of the OHS&E regulations and policies of the studio.


100% mixed mode.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Cate Consandine

Contact hours

24 hours per week, including 8 hours of taught studio and 16 hours of personal study and studio practice.




Any FNA, VIS or VPR level 3 unit