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ACI303 - New Worlds: Intersections of Art and Science

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in an Arts or Arts combined course



Unit chair:

Daniel Armstrong


Any 4 units from ACI201, ACI202, ACI203, ACI204, ACI205



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour Seminar per week


In this unit art and science are brought together to make New Worlds. The emphasis is on lens-based technology as both scientific instrument and artistic medium. The course will examine the methodologies that construct the worldviews of science and art, and means by which scientific methods can be used for artistic purpose and vice-versa. Pseudo-science, scientific hoaxes, and science fiction and its mythologies are also subject to investigation and creation. Lectures will present examples of artists exploring science and scientists who use or investigate art or discover aesthetic means of visualising data. Photography exists only because of scientific and artistic interest in recording the phenomena of light. Learning the history of its development will provide understandings that can be put to work in the studio practice, and workshops will lead students in technical experimentation. Learning will equip students to make basic scientific documentation by means including microscopy, astro-photography, forensic imaging, as well as to critically analyse scientific claims and visual data. Assignment and folio outcomes are expected to be both artistic and scientific. Collaboration and teamwork will facilitate discovery.


Time and Space: micro/macro 20%

ArtLab: creative production and 1:1 tutorial 60%

ArtLab: report (800 words) 20%

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