Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art


Ms Marian Crawford (Semester 2), Dr Stephen Garrett (Trimester T3-58)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Trimester 3 2016 (Day)


This unit is the fourth in the Visual Practices sequence that provides a rigorous encounter with a range of contemporary art practices both practical and professional. It instructs students in core knowledge and issues in the visual arts and the arts industry.

The unit workshop program continues to offer a selection of approaches to conceptual and material art practice whilst providing opportunities to develop curatorial, critical writing and administrative skills. Students continue to select from a range of workshops which enable them to develop an area of expertise within the broad contemporary art field. Topics include a range of contemporary art approaches as well as curatorial practice, arts writing and education.

Students are required to further investigate and develop individual and collaborative solutions to a series of projects. Teaching methodology involves 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:

  1. Further extend their awareness of and competence with conceptual and material solutions to projects set across a range of contemporary art media and approaches.
  2. Demonstrate considerable manipulative and analytic skills in their area of chosen expertise;
  3. Further extend interdisciplinary, collaborative or curatorial approaches across contemporary visual art practices;
  4. Demonstrate a deeper understanding of and capacity to articulate the synthesis between observation, analysis, experimentation and critique
  5. Demonstrate an increased capacity for the constructive appraisal of their own work, and that of others, and are able to articulate this through oral presentations and written analysis, and;
  6. Demonstrate increased understanding of, and be able to practice, the rules of occupational health and safety in force in the studio, and are able to collaborate and co-operate safely and productively within the studio environment.


100% mixed mode

Workload requirements

24 hours per week, including 8 hours of taught studio and 16 hours of personal study and studio practice

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


A pass in unit VPR2001.


Any FNA level 2 unit.