VPR1001 - Visual practices 1 - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Spiros Panigirakis


Dr Spiros Panigirakis

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Admission to the Bachelor of Visual Arts Course




Any FNA level 1 unit


This unit is the first in the Visual Practices sequence that provides students with a broad range of approaches to contemporary art. The program will address topics such as perceptual and conceptual drawing, installation, representational practices, performance, lens-based media and others. Students will be encouraged to develop inventive solutions to a series of projects set around these topics. Teaching methods involve 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 be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to initiate, develop and express conceptual and material solutions to projects set across a range of fine art media including drawing
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of production methods used in contemporary visual art practices, have an appreciation of various mediums, their properties and uses, and be able to work with materials and techniques in an experimental manner
  3. Demonstrate a basic understanding and ability to undertake interdisciplinary approaches across contemporary visual art practices at both individual and collaborative levels;
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the synthesis between observation, analysis, experimentation and critique
  5. Demonstrate a basic ability to contextualise their work 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 eight hours of taught studio and sixteen hours of personal study and studio practice

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