Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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
OfferedGippsland First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Cotter


This unit is intended to position the student's practice with respect to past and current practices and to encourage a philosophical expression of his or her work.
Through a process of challenge and debate, the unit leads the candidate to clarify his or her proposal for the visual work of the Studio Discipline unit and to develop it alongside the studio practice as a reflection of the visual work. The unit is designed to integrate the theoretical and the practical; it asks candidates to express their ambitions in studio in a critical context and, through discursive challenge, strengthens the intuitive energies of studio practice.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. be able to develop their initial proposal for studio practice with a critical awareness of artistic positionality as well as the potential for challenge, debate and expansion
  2. appreciate that methodology is a critique of method as well as a useful investigative tool
  3. have a knowledge of the language of theory in order to express the cultural values of their work, not just their practical dimensions.


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

Workload requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Admission to MVA course