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ACV205 - Contemporary Art Practice: Pluralism

Unit details

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

Annika Koops

Prerequisite:ACV101 or ACF101 or equivalent


Incompatible with: ACF203, AAV217
Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour Seminar per week


In this unit students are asked to reflect on their own motivations in relation to current debates around contemporary art practice and the role of the artist. In negotiation with staff students will be encouraged to contextualize their practice as both relational and discrete in the development of projects across the expanded field. Outcomes can be realised in paintings, drawings, performance, sculpture, archival and documented research, video, photography and installation. Students will research key themes and debates in contemporary art practice and explore processes, materials and conceptual possibilities for contemporary art practice, with an emphasis placed on their interdisciplinary relationships in studio and gallery contexts. This unit combines structured studio workshops with independent investigations, facilitating the development of a self-directed contemporary art practice. A key focus is critical discussion and inquiry in visual arts practice through studio critiques, class presentations, studio consultations and gallery visits. This will assist students to develop and articulate: a personal understanding of a visual arts practice; the artist’s position in critical discourse; and the gallery’s place in a contemporary society.


Visual Art Journal/Professional Research Portfolio including written statements, Research and Presentation, 1600 words, 40%

Investigations, Studies, Major work(s) and exhibition, equivalent to 2400 words, 60%

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