EDF3181 - Art, environment and community - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Geraldine Burke

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • Term 2 2017 (On-campus block of classes)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)



This unit explores the intersections of art, environment and sustainability education and implementation by utilising the local campus environs and surrounds for creative expression. Students engage with culturally diverse ways of knowing by creating a range of place-related artworks that critically inform notions of art, place, identity and sustainability. Students' own art experiences, e.g. drawing studies, site specific installations, nature prints, castings and photo-media works, serve as a catalyst for the planning and implementation of an art, environment and sustainability project for a local community, e.g. kindergarten or early childcare setting, school, community or outdoor activities.


Upon successful completion of the unit students should be able to:

  1. create a range of artworks that depict and utilise the natural environment
  2. devise a community-based art and environment experience
  3. explore safe and sustainable art practices relevant to the visual arts
  4. engage with post-formal art practices, art concepts and theories
  5. engage with place-based and intercultural ways of creating artwork.


Art folio (can include individual and/or group work) (2000 words or equivalent per student, 50%)

Art-based research project (can include individual and/or group work) (2000 words or equivalent per student, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2 hours per week
  2. Requirements for on-campus block City-based students:
    • one intensive weekend block
    • at least 4 hours of active online engagement in Moodle activities per term
  3. Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:
    • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
    • at least 4 hours of online study per term
  4. Additional requirements:
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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