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CART12010 - Visual Arts Studio: Using and Abusing Conventions

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Through structured workshops, critiques and individual studio investigations, you will explore ways of using select media to establish your own emerging studio practice. Beginning with a project proposal to focus your studio research interests, you will undertake an experimental approach to establish a creative process. You will find cogent relationships between selected materials and your ideas to create engaging, culturally relevant objects and artefacts. In order to establish a formative practice, you will consider how visual art conventions may be adopted, adapted or carefully disrupted and that certain approaches may be best suited to particular niches within a range of exhibition contexts. Painting, drawing, silver-smithing, installation and hybrid practices are offered as the primary disciplines for your investigations.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: CART11017 Visual Arts Studio: Visual Art Materials and Processes

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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. Professional Practice Plans (learning plans) 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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% response rate.

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.
The layout of how each assessment task works cohesively to result in the end goal of exploring processes and producing a folio of creative works worked really well. Also how the creative plan provides direction and a framework from which to experiment around for the term while helping focus ideas was great and super helpful. It was also a good way to research, great support for the learning.
It is recommended that the structure of assessments and the assessment tasks themselves be retained for 2020 delivery.
Action Taken
The general structure of the unit, including the assessment types were retained for 2020.
Source: Unit evaluation, Have Your Say, Term 2, 2019.
Only the extensiveness in the word-count for the learning logs might need improvement. It was difficult to try not to repeat or waffle and meet the expectation for the word count. Otherwise the learning logs are still really useful for discovering an artistic process, reflection and improving own artistic creations for the future
It is recommended that learning logs be reviewed and improved. The structure of the learning log will be amended with the view to remove instances of repetitive content in the logs. The word count for the learning log responses will also be reviewed.
Action Taken
The learning Log assessment task description was reviewed and refined for 2020. The word count for the learning log was also reviewed with amendments made.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation.
The best aspects of this unit is the opportunity to use the theoretical concepts and apply them to a visual arts practice. The way that this unit is designed is awesome because it is easy to navigate and find information and everything on the Moodle site is relevant to the unit.
The Moodle site and the resources will be reviewed for opportunities of improvement for 2021.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Generate experimental artworks which establish meaningful relationships between select media, concepts and production processes
  2. Critically reflect on your own use of media and the work of relevant, established visual artists to identify ways of refining your techniques and processes to improve how your artworks communicate to an audience
  3. Apply knowledge of a broad range of approaches to visual art production and demonstrate an awareness that your artworks are modified by the exhibition context
  4. Examine the opinions of others to evaluate the communicative efficacy of your artwork in group discussions and critiques.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Professional Practice Plans (learning plans)
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Professional Practice Plans (learning plans)
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Portfolio