Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Fine Art
OfferedPrato Trimester 2 2015 (Day)
Prato Trimester 3 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stephen Garrett


Using the premise of the sketchbook, notebook, journal or diary, students are to develop a personal response to the proposition: how to record the overseas location as a unique site. The notions of site-specificity, context, perception and cultural difference in relation to contemporary art practice will be addressed. An informed and developed sensitivity to the documentation of research activity is intended to facilitate the student's major study. While any media may be employed in the analysis of site and context, the documentation of the skills and knowledge acquired should remain two-dimensional.


On successful completion of this unit, students should:

  1. Be able to competently explore and design a range of information gathering systems appropriate to the area of interest of their major studio research
  2. Be able to make manifest a record of original perceptions and responses to the overseas location as a unique site
  3. Have a deeper understanding of the significance of site and context for the creation and location of their work
  4. Have a greater appreciation of the specificity of visual, verbal or conceptual languages to a particular culture
  5. Be able to investigate how to articulate original work through an appreciation and incorporation of such newly experienced languages in a way that remains cogent to their major study
  6. Understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study.


Folio: 100%, of which at least 20% is assessed mid semester

Workload requirements

156 hrs: comprising of a six weeks' block of 24 hrs of intensive studio teaching with 48 hrs of independent study overseas, plus 84 hrs of additional study for the remainder of the semester.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


DWG1101 and DWG1102; or DWG1201 and DWG1202 or DWG1342 and DWG1231 and OHS1000