Course Title: Honours Seminar

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Honours Seminar

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Peter Westwood

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4025

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 4.5.2A

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

See the BH052 Program Guide for Entry Requirements.

Course Description

The course runs concurrently with Honours Specialisation and Research in creative practice, and aims to develop and strengthen your critical and analytical capacities and to extend your creative knowledge in the field of art. Honours Seminar expands on the relationships between practice and theory, also known as praxis, and aims to develop your expressive capacity, aesthetic sensibility and creative knowledge. This course includes critical contextual analyses, the presentation of the cumulative development of your project, and a discussion of appropriate presentation frameworks for contemporary creative practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The following Program Learning Outcomes have been specified for this course:

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge to undertake and initiate independent research as an integral part of your professional and artistic development
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on your practice-led-research and methodologies in order to develop a knowledgeable creative practice 
  • Work autonomously with the ability to apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in creative production

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and develop meaningful conceptual frameworks and cultural reference points for your d=creative practice.
  • Cultivate a critically reflective creative practice informed by local and global contexts
  • Articulate the conceptual and artistic character of your creative project
  • Apply the results of your research to develop expansive discourses, critical studio methodologies and presentations of your project

Overview of Learning Activities

In consultation with their supervising lecturer, students formulate a research proposal within the first 8 weeks of semester. From this proposal key technical and conceptual milestones are identified and placed within a timeline for the project’s successful completion and a plan is developed to facilitate these objectives. Students are instructed in skills as dictated by the parameters of the project, directed to appropriate resources and encouraged to undertake independent research in the area suggested by the focus of their project. All aspects of the project are reviewed and may be refined over the course of the semester. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Requirements will vary depending on the specific nature of the project undertaken and students will be directed to appropriate resources by their supervising lecturer.

Overview of Assessment

Students will be expected to submit a completed project at the end of semester and give a detailed account of their methodology and it’s conceptual and thematic underpinning. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course of the semester; taking in all phases of the projects proposal, development, execution, and completion. The weighting given to the various aspects and phases of a project will vary and student will be informed of such by their supervising lecturer. Grades are based on the lecturer’s expectation that the student engage in a demonstrably creative and critical manner with all issues involved in the completion of their project.