VPR3012 - Visual practices 3 - 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


Dr Spiros Panigirakis

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is the last and culminating unit in the Visual Practices sequence and is second of the two 3rd year units. In this unit emphasis is placed on independent cultural research and its relation to a broader collaborative or group context in the public realm. Students develop a creative, expressive and critical project that utilises advanced conceptualisation and material manipulation, engaging with the artwork as part of a chain of production, reception, distribution and publics. Students develop individual programs in conjunction with the lecturers that reflect their evolving cultural practice and professional direction. The program focuses on clear articulation of concepts and their publication in the written form as a supplement to the student's Visual Practice. Detailed analysis and discussion of students' work takes place primarily through personal tuition with lecturers, peer-based critique and experimenting with various modes of public presentation. This unit provides a stimulating and supportive environment through the introduction of a supervised studio and bridges this to independent professional practice in the broader arts arena. This unit contextualises individual practice within various public platforms that require different modes of group and/or collaborative modes of engagement. The work produced culminates in an end of year exhibition of a professional standard, preparing students for entry into the professional world as cultural producer in broad array of Visual Arts disciplines, or the pursuit of further studies at a higher level.


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

  1. Compose a self-directed and coherent work plan that addresses advanced research in their field of enquiry;
  2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in techniques, materials and logistics in relation to their production in accordance to questions that emerge out their cultural research;
  3. Critically explore the developmental phase of their research through an advanced engagement in observation, analysis and experimentation;
  4. Justify through the creative use and presentation of writing a position in relation to the historical, theoretical and artistic fields their own cultural production sits in;
  5. Demonstrate a sophisticated ability to contextualise their cultural practice and the work of others within a curatorial and collaborative rationale in various professional public platforms;
  6. Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to achieve safe and sustainable working practices within the studio environment and to independently initiate OHS&E procedures in accordance to their respective work practices.


100% mixed mode assessment (includes progressive assessment and folio)

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)


VPR3011 and 2 department approved electives