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ACA403 - Creative Arts Research Project

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit chair:P Pound

Permission to enrol from the unit chair and ACA401, ACA410 and ACA411



Incompatible with:



This unit is to be undertaken entirely with the student's creative project supervisor or supervisory team, to write a research essay. The choice of research topic will be in direct response to the work undertaken in ACA401 Advanced Creative Practice A and the development of key themes, issues and ideas developed from oral and written discussions within ACA410 Contemporary Debates in the Creative Arts. The essay will sit alongside the creative work produced in Trimester 2 that will have been brought to resolution in ACA402 Advanced Creative Practice B. The final essay will take the form of a mini-dissertation rather then an exegetical account of the working process and creative practice. The aim is to produce a publishable piece of research that addresses a key idea, issues or theme in the creative arts.


In this Unit, students will write an 8000 word research essay. This will be under the supervision of their creative project supervisor or team of supervisors. Having already identified key ideas and practices formative in the student’s own work and having linked historical ideas, issues, approaches and processes to the context of creative art projects, the focus of the essay will be to make an argument for the relevance of the selected topic. The essay will sit alongside but not directly address the student’s creative work. It is expected however that the two aspects of the project -- the creative work and the research essay -- will inform each other and will clearly articulate the relevance of selected ideas, thematics and processes to contemporary art practices. The unit requires an advanced level of engagement aimed at assisting the students to think systematically about what they are doing through a research essay.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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