FNA3112 - Contemporary practices 6 - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Arts


Mr Daniel von Sturmer

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is the last and culminating unit in the Contemporary Practices sequence. In this unit emphasis is placed on independent investigation, and the development of the creative and expressive potential inherent in students' work. Imagination combined with advanced conceptualisation and innovation in material manipulation should be manifest at this stage of students' practice. Students develop individual programs in conjunction with the lecturers that reflect their personal direction and evolving art practice. The program focuses on clear articulation of concepts. Lecturers facilitate students' own exploration, primarily through personal tuition where detailed analysis and discussion of students' work takes place. Whilst providing a stimulating and supportive environment this unit provides a bridge between students' experience in the supervised studio and a fully-fledged independent professional practice in the broader arts arena. The work produced culminates in an end of year exhibition of a professional standard, preparing students for entry into the professional world as fine artists in the discipline of choice, or the pursuit of further studies at a higher level.


  1. students will be strongly self-reliant, and able to construct a program of work with a coherent direction which imaginatively addresses their own concerns
  2. be able to produce outcomes that display advanced skills, confidence and control in theoretical concepts and materials, and be able to isolate areas of their work that require further research and sustain a directed inquiry into these
  3. posess a strong faculty and methodology for critical inquiry, enabling them to question and discuss the issues relevant to current theory and practice in their chosen field of fine art and in broader art practice
  4. approach contemporary art practice and aesthetics with challenge and vigour, and be able to establish a personalised and informed discourse within the context of fine art practice
  5. achieve a professional presentation and documentation of works in the final submission of their completed folio;
  6. independantly 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 with obervance of the OHS&E regulations and policies of the studio.


This is a semester-long project unit. 100% mixed mode

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)



Any FNA, VIS or VPR level 3 unit