VPR2001 - Visual practices 3 - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Arts


Ms Marian Crawford

Dr Spiros Panigirakis

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is the third in the Visual Practices sequence that provides students with a broad range of approaches to contemporary art for those wishing to work in the arts industry as curators, arts writers, educators or practitioners. Topics are delivered in a workshop environment and will include a range of media and approaches to contemporary art and its institutions.

The unit workshop program encourages an experimental approach to conceptual and material outcomes whilst providing opportunities to cultivate curatorial, critical writing and administrative skills. Students may select from a range of workshops which collectively enable them to develop an area of expertise within the broad contemporary art field. Topics are selected from a range of contemporary art workshops as well as curatorial practice, arts writing and education.

Students are required to 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. Demonstrate a deeper awareness of conceptual and material solutions to projects set across a range of contemporary art media and approaches;
  2. Demonstrate manipulative and analytic skills in their area of chosen expertise;
  3. Demonstrate a deeper understanding and ability to undertake interdisciplinary collaborative or curatorial approaches across contemporary visual art practices;
  4. Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the synthesis between observation, analysis, experimentation and critique;
  5. Demonstrate a basic ability to contextualise and articulate their work and the work of others 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 8 hours of taught studio and 16 hours of personal study and studio practice.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Completion of VPR1002


Any FNA level 2 unit