PTG2034 - Sound in the space of art - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 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 Art

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Leslie Eastman


Mr Leslie Eastman

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


OHS1000, DWG1201 or DWG1301Not offered in 2018 or DWG1103Not offered in 2018, or permission from Unit Coordinator


This unit investigates the possibilities of sound and listening in relationship to practices of contemporary art. Diverse approaches and ideas will be explored through both critical and practical encounters with the history of sound art, performance, and the sonic imagination. Particular attention will be paid to composing, improvising, listening, scoring, recording and amplifying, with an open ear for the poetics and politics of sound in relation to audiences and spaces. This unit engages with a range of material, conceptual and technical strategies enabling students to think in experimental and new ways about sound in the space of art.


On successful completion of this unit, student should be able to:

  1. apply a conceptual and technical foundation for successful study in a contemporary visual art studio;
  2. extend their conceptual and practical skills in the production of artworks utilising sound as a means of creative expression;
  3. apply these works and creative skills and strategies as a form of expression appropriate to the concepts they are investigating;
  4. critically reflect on the place of sound art in the field of contemporary art, nationally and internationally;
  5. understand the theoretical and historical rationale and context of their work;
  6. produce works that demonstrate a critical and creative attitude to contemporary visual culture;
  7. understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


This is a semester-long project unit. Assessment is 100% by folio at mid-semester and end of semester. The folio will be comprised of works produced during the duration of the unit, and may also include student's works made independently of the unit, and a journal which will document on-going progress and research over the semester.

Workload requirements

12 hours comprising 4 studio hours and 8 independent study hours per week

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