Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitGippsland Centre For Art and Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Cotter


The unit centres on the visual production of the candidates, and enables the critical examination, appraisal and defence of

  1. the studio work,
  2. its relation to the terms of the proposal and
  3. its relation to the concept of originality or visual research. Discussions identify relationships between intuitive, artistic intentions and the principles of objectivity which inform investigative method in non-artistic disciplines. The result of this unit is a 'paper', arguing for either the rightness of the proposal, its need for change, the rightness of the artistic means for achieving it or the need for revision of those means. The paper is not an exegetical document of the visual work: rather, it assists in documenting the rationale for the visual work against a backdrop of critical challenge.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. be able to 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 in favour of their chosen working method
  3. be able to argue the contemporary relevance of their work
  4. have a self-critical understanding of their practice, especially with respect to ideological issues like gender, class and ethnicity.


Preliminary assignment on studio proposal (1500 words) 25%
Seminar paper (3500 words) 75%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

12-hours per week including one 2-hour seminar plus 10-hours of independent study


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