Course Title: Talking Art: Inside the Artists Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 034450

Course Title: Talking Art: Inside the Artists Practice

Credit Points: 6

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Course Coordinator: Peter Cripps

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3625

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course offers the opportunity for students to meet with and hear professional artists speak about their own work from conception and on to new bodies of work. Through this program the idea and function of the artists studio will be explored as a site of production, distribution, display and promotion. The intention is to offer the student a diverse experience of what cutting edge practice is really like with visits to artists studios, galleries and museums. Through the processes of discussion, lectures and critiques, some of the key issues for artists in contemporary art practice will be explored.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

To become aware of the way that key contemporary artists think about their own art practice and their careers in the visual arts. There will be formal and informal discussion on many aspects of art practice, self expression, conceptual content, theoretical and technical issues.
Gain a greater understanding of what are the key motivating considerations for many professional artists and the different concerns that emerging and established artists face.
Become aware of the importance for visual artists of structuring a career, the support, funding and training available. Looking at the business practice of the artists.

Overview of Learning Activities

Mixed delivery of on and off campus-based classes and site visits to artist studios, galleries and museums. This course will help students to develop their critical and reflective skills through analysis of contemporary art practice. These reflections will be recorded in a journal each week. Students will prepare an investigative report for assessment. The emphasis in assessment will be on individual work, while class teaching will combine individual and group activities. Active participation is vital for successful completion of this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

A reading list will be supplied in the first class with further texts recommended as the course progresses.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be conducted the week after classes end.

Attendance at all sessions is strongly advised.

6 x 400 word journal entries on studio, galleries and museum visits using proforma outlined.

Investigative report of approximately 2,500 words.

Both assessment tasks will need to be submitted for assessment during last week of class.