Course Title: History/theory cultural productions III

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: VART5829

Course Title: History/theory cultural productions III

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6073 - Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts

Course Contact : Kellyann Geurts

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator: Peter Westwood

Phone: 9925 4025


Nominal Hours: 108

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course students will research and analyse the forms and practices of cultural productions, both contemporary and historical (from 1960 to present) and their interaction with social context to the present time.
The course will include a contemporary art lecture series relevant to students’ areas of specialisation, as well as activities requiring students to evaluate their own work and project proposal in relation to historical and contemporary practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

7532A History/theory cultural productions III

Learning Outcomes

1. Research key historical and social events and the forms and practices of cultural production between 1960 and the present time
2. Research, describe and critically appraise the impact of modernist, postmodernist and contemporary philosophies and theories on cultural production
3. Analyse and evaluate the effects of historical and contemporary contexts on cultural productions
4. Judge and discuss the value of cultural productions by internal and external criteria

Details of Learning Activities

In the first weeks of the Program and in negotiation with supervising academic staff, students develop an initial Project Proposal document. Throughout the semester the proposal will develop into a document that insightfully and substantially reflects the central Project that the student is researching and investigating.

Therefore appropriate research, reflections, and notes resulting from access to Theory Courses, to lectures by guest academics, artists and curators will be developed for inclusion within the Project document. Students will attend the series of Forum lectures conducted throughout the Semester

Students may also include reflective notes gathered through exposure to visiting international artists involved in the School of Art Artist in Residence Program (AIRP).

Students will maintain a journal of notes compiled through attendance at all Forum lectures.

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1
Week 4 to 16:
Attendance at School of Art Forum lectures.

Semester 2
Week 4 to 16:
Attendance at School of Art Forum lectures.

Week 18: Assessment.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Not applicable

Overview of Assessment

Research project – topics negotiated by students.

Assessment Tasks

Students will present a substantial and resolved body of work (folio), informed by the research undertaken within the Project document, demonstrating through installation an informed and thoughtful approach to exhibition practice. Assessment will be conducted by a panel of Academic staff, in turn providing a written response to the student relating to the overall folio presentation. The written response from the Assessment panel will reflect on the intrinsic nature of the folio in relation to all areas of studio practice, installation and exhibition practice, in turn reflecting the conceptual investigation and research undertaken within the Project document.

Students are required to present a report of time spent assisting international visiting artists.

Students are also required to present a journal of notes compiled as a result of attending at all Forum lectures throughout two semesters.

Assessment Matrix

Not applicable

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