Course Title: Honours Specialisation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Honours Specialisation

Credit Points: 24

Important Information:

This course is the research course in Semester One, and the core outcome of this course will be a body of work in progress evidencing an in-depth engagement with practice-led-research. 


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

This course runs concurrently with Honours Seminar and Research in Creative practice, and facilitates the practical experimentation of your Honours project. The development of your project will be primarily supported through individual supervision, providing direction, support and advice to assist you in extending your ideas and methods through self-guided practice-led-research. 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 practice-led-research, captured and outlined in a work proposal (devised in Honours Seminar), 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 practical and theoretical knowledge to undertake and initiate independent practice-led-research as an integral part of your professional and artistic development
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on your artistic development to form a creative practice distinguished by development, change and planning commensurate to the field of practice
  • Develop a creative practice formed through critically relevant cultural contexts
  • Initiate and pursue studies in directions which inform and further individual 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 creative production 
  • Develop and implement a vision and conviction around your research and creative practice profession, contextual to 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 supervisor, students undertake practice-led-research that will inform the development of an Honours research project. During this process, key conceptual and technical contexts are identified based on key aims and objectives. Students are instructed in skills as dictated by the parameters of their Honours research project, directed to appropriate resources and encouraged to undertake independent research in the area relevant to their project. All aspects of the project are reviewed on a weekly basis, 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 required to submit a body of creative works in progress or resolved at the end of semester, along with a detailed account of their methodology and it’s conceptual and thematic underpinning. Students receive formal and formative feedback in weeks 6 and 10 to guide them in their research and progress towards assessment. Assessment occurs at the end of semester through a formal presentation of the research and research contexts.