ACV205 - Contemporary Art Practice: Pluralism


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:


Prerequisite: ACV101 or ACF101 or equivalent


Incompatible with: ACF203, AAV217
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3-hour seminar per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


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. 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.

In negotiation with staff, students will be encouraged to contextualize their practice in terms of its relation to current concerns in art and culture. By understanding the collective nature of ideas, students must also understand how their individual approach operates in relation to history and contemporary society. Through this process, students will develop projects that engage with this expanded field of contemporary art. The projects may be realised in paintings, drawings, performance, sculpture, archival and documented research, video, photography and installation.

This unit combines structured studio workshops and key readings 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. These learning situations are designed to assist students in the development and articulation of a personal understanding of visual arts practice, the artist's position in critical discourse and the gallery's place in a contemporary society.

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