ACV206 - Contemporary Art Practice: Abstraction


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), CBD*

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


Prerequisite: ACV102 or ACV205 or equivalent


Incompatible with: ACF204, AAV218
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


This unit is structured around two related studio traditions in the visual arts: abstraction and figuration. The first half of the trimester focuses on abstraction, or "non-representational" art. Students will develop a methodology (a set of processes) for generating studio work in an abstract idiom. The unit is structured around the historical medium of painting but considers painting as an expanded field in contemporary art. Hence, students may also respond in a variety of different media and performance modes. Studio production will be informed by seminar presentations, workshop activity, class discussion, individual consultation, class critique and the student's own independent research. An historical appreciation of abstraction is a critical aspect of that research.

The second half of the trimester is best encapsulated by notions of the "mash-up", the "remix" and the "hybrid". It questions the notion that representation and abstraction are separate modes of creative enquiry. Students will investigate the aesthetic and conceptual possibilities generated by the interplay between abstract and representational imagery and content.

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