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ACV205 - Contemporary Art Practice: Pluralism

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:C Bishop
Prerequisite:ACV101 or ACF101 or equivalent


Incompatible with: ACF203, AAV217
Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class and 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, 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.


Journal of readings, 1600 words equivalent, 40%,

Folio of resolved studio tasks, 2400 words equivalent, 60%

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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