FNA2112 - Contemporary practices 4 - 2019

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 Nicholas Mangan
Mr Michael Vale (Semester 2)


Dr Nicholas Mangan
Mr Michael Vale (Semester 2)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Trimester 3 2019 (On-campus)




Any FNA, VIS or VPR level 2 unit


This unit is the fourth in the sequence for students to continue a range of leading contemporary art practices and methodologies. The unit promotes conceptual and material processes through interdisciplinary exchange, material and fabrication procedures. Associated projects are introduced based on theories of contemporary art practices, collaborative practices and individual modes of research focused outcomes. Students will develop inventive and sustainable solutions to a series of projects that will enable them to continue to develop a personal methodology and language.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have further extended both skills in art making and student vocabulary of materials and studio processes;
  2. Possess considerable manipulative skills in students chosen area of self-expression;
  3. Have further developed levels of experimentation and investigation within students work, moving towards a focus on specific themes and technologies;
  4. Be familiar with current issues in fine art and recognise the potential to produce works within the framework of contemporary culture;
  5. Have developed an increased capacity for the constructive appraisal of their own work, and that of others, and are able to articulate this through oral presentations and written documentation, and;
  6. Have an increased understanding and 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.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

24 hours per week including 8 contact hours plus 16 hours of independent study and studio practice.

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