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CART11017 - Visual Arts Studio: Visual Art Materials and Processes

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will be introduced to a range of contemporary and traditional materials, techniques and approaches used in the creation of contemporary visual art works. This unit’s structure combines technical workshops with individual studio investigations. In a studio environment, you will explore studio routines, methods and approaches in order to identify processes suitable for the development of your emerging professional practice. You will reflect on a range of issues including the use of representation, formalism and ready-mades in practices such as painting, printmaking, silver-smithing, drawing, installation and hybrid practices.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 15%
2. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 35%
3. Portfolio 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit evaluation, Have Your Say, Term 2, 2019
Learning all the different media and equipment was very informative in such a short amount of time.
It is recommended that the 2019 intensive workshop format be retained.
Action Taken
For 2020, the intensive workshop format remained largely unchanged.
Source: Anecdotal feedback.
Practical workshops were fun and very instructive.
The practical workshops associated with this unit will undergo some refinement but will continue with limited changes for 2021.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the use of design concepts, personal intention and the inherent qualities of materials to develop an integrated creative process
  2. Investigate and reflect on the use of a range of materials and processes suitable for the production of contemporary visual art works to adapt techniques and creative processes
  3. Reflect on the significance of a range of visual art specific issues implicated in the production of paintings, prints, drawings, installations and hybrid practices
  4. Create exploratory artworks which demonstrate the acquisition of skills and knowledge required to produce paraprofessional visual art works.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Portfolio