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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Fine Art
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Spiros Panigirakis


This unit is the first in the Visual Practices sequence that provides students with a broad range of approaches to contemporary art. The program will address topics such as perceptual and conceptual drawing, installation, representational practices, performance, lens-based media and others. Students will be encouraged to develop inventive solutions to a series of projects set around these topics. Teaching methods involve critical dialogue, class discussion and evaluation. Safe and sustainable approaches to fabrication techniques and materials are promoted as core values in the unit.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to initiate, develop and express conceptual and material solutions to projects set across a range of fine art media including drawing
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of production methods used in contemporary visual art practices, have an appreciation of various mediums, their properties and uses, and be able to work with materials and techniques in an experimental manner
  3. Demonstrate a basic understanding and ability to undertake interdisciplinary approaches across contemporary visual art practices at both individual and collaborative levels;
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the synthesis between observation, analysis, experimentation and critique
  5. Demonstrate a basic ability to contextualise their work and its theoretical and material rationale within the field of contemporary visual art practices
  6. Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to achieve safe and sustainable working practices within the studio environment.


100% mixed mode

Workload requirements

24 hours per week, including eight hours of taught studio and sixteen hours of personal study and studio practice

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Admission to the Bachelor of Visual Arts Course



Any FNA level 1 unit