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

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 aims to develop your expressive capacity and aesthetic sensibility at a level consistent with that of an emerging professional practitioner. Emphasis is placed on the cumulative development of your practice in combination with considered and appropriate conceptual frameworks and research awareness. In addition to planning and conceptualising your own work to be completed in Honours Specialisation you will strengthen you critical and analytical skills and respond to the making of your own work and the work of others in this course.

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 arts practice, in order to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by arts practice
  • Work autonomously with the ability to apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production

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

  • Develop projects for self-directed studio practice
  • Plan and develop projects relevant to your area of interest
  • Identify and develop meaningful conceptual frameworks and cultural reference points for your studio practice
  • Apply the outcomes of your research to develop expansive and critical studio methodologies.

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.