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.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Daniel Palmer


Topics from critical literature in the field of art and design. The issues revolve around the definition of research in the context of art and design; and extensive consideration is given to the modes of expression suitable for communicating inspirational and fugitive artistic intentions.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. have a secure grasp of certain key concepts in contemporary theory which have particular bearing on the area of practice which they are pursuing;
  2. be keen to relate the terms of their practice to the broader field of contemporary discourse in art and design, irrespective of the extent to which that practice is conventionally defined as progressive or conservative;
  3. be able candidly to identify the bias in their practice with respect to ideological indices such as gender, class and ethnicity and consider the possible case against the assumptions of their practice;
  4. be keen to practice criticism in small forums, considering and conjecturing how aesthetic standards (such as taste) are the expression of non-absolute cultural values, and identifying critical questions of other people's practice;
  5. be equipped to sustain an exegetical defence of their work and its placement in current visual production;
  6. explain the senses in which their project involves research and extends beyond the definition of professional practice.


Two assignments: 30% and 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Daniel Palmer

Contact hours

3 seminar hours and 9 independent study hours per week