Course Title: Honours Specialisation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Honours Specialisation

Credit Points: 24

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

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

This course runs concurrently with Honours Seminar and Practice, Reflection & Discourse and facilitates the practical experimentation of your Honours project. The development of your project will be supported through individual supervision, providing direction, support and advice to assist you in extending your ideas and methods through self-guided studio practice. The relationship between you and your supervisor is a critical part of the Honours experience, and determines the major learning focus for this course.

The course of study will consist of an approved individual program of studio-based work, outlined in a work proposal, which students will develop in consultation with academic staff. Regular individual and group tutorials will supplement and inform individual studio work.

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
  • Construct a pro-active and critically relevant career as a member of the cultural
  • Initiate and pursue studies in directions which inform and further individual professional and creative growth and catalyse invention, innovation and refinement of personal work
  • Work autonomously with the ability to apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production
  • Develop and implement a vision and philosophy of art as a profession, contributing to the positive development of culture in both local and international contexts

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

  • Work with specialist skills in one, or a combination, of studio disciplines
  • Analyse and reflect on the development of your projects to refine strategies and techniques
  • Identify and apply specialised methods of making related to specific projects
  • Connect and reflect on relationships between theory and practice as they apply in your own work.

Overview of Learning Activities

In consultation with their supervising lecturer students formulate a project proposal within the first 3 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.