Course Title: Practice, reflection and discourse

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Practice, reflection and discourse

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 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

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

Successful completion of:

  • Research in creative practice (HUSO2252)
  • Honours Seminar (VART3019) and
  • Honours Specialisation (VART3021).

Successful completion of (or concurrent enrolment with) Honours Independent Project (VART3025).

Course Description

This course runs concurrently with Honours Independent Project to facilitate the completion of your Honours year. Particular emphasis is placed on the application of research in exploring ideas and concepts through practice and submission of an exegesis. Embedded in this is the value of discourse and how your response and reflection to critical assessments of your work helps to inform the direction of your practice.

You will explore your relationship between research and practice, responding to how this informs your completed Honours project. Central to this course is the completion of the exegesis and the presentation of your final project for installation, display, performance, screening and/or exhibition.

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 industries
  • 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
  • Articulate the conceptual and artistic character of individual art practice in writing.

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

Define and realise the major concepts within your individual project and express in a substantial body of writing
Reflect on the relationship between concepts and methods in your own work
Use research as a way of reflecting on your practice, and learn to problem solve constraints and challenges.

Overview of Learning Activities

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

Assessment for this course comprises three components:

Exegesis Part I & II
Part II of the exegesis contains the Production and Reflection on practice chapters. These chapters outline your practice in relation to the methodology and context explored during Semester 1. Production – this chapter should respond to how your methodology informed and supported the making of the work, any experiments undertaken, parameters used to judge decisions, and reflect on the choices you made during the production of the work.
Reflection on practice – this chapter deals more broadly with the relationship between your practice and your field. In semester 1 you would have explored other artists, theories and concepts that relate to your interests – in this chapter you draw connections between these artists, theories and concepts and your own artwork. Central to this chapter is the demonstrating of knowledge, understanding and a sophisticated awareness of how these external discourses and influences inform your practice.

The production chapter is related to your methodology, the reflection chapter is related to the context.

Completed Exegesis
Upon completion of the Exegesis Part II, you will have received feedback on all four chapters and the general outline. To complete the exegesis you will need to respond to the final works in relationship to the investigations and research, as well as include these works in your bound and illustrated document.

Final Presentation
These will be the works that celebrate the completion of your Honours project. You will be assessed on your methods of presentation for your final resolved artwork. This will involve the use of informed methods for installation, display, performance, screening and/or exhibition, demonstrating your capacity to present your work as a resolved project, utilising methods that indicate an appropriate and informed conceptual and technical presentation of the work.
It is of course critical that you consult with your supervisor on the progress and completion of these works. The presentation must be fully documented within the exegesis.
(In VART3023 Practice, Reflection & Discourse you will be assessed on how you present the work, in VART3025 Honours Independent Project you will be assessed on the production and resolution of the work.)