Course Title: Honours Independent Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Honours Independent Project

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,
Sem 2 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

Successful completion of:

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

Successful completion of (or concurrent enrolment with) Practice, reflection and discourse (VART3023).

Course Description

This course runs concurrently with Practice, reflection & discourse to facilitate the completion of your Honours year. Primarily about realising and presenting your project, this course emphasises the establishment of a professional and independent practice and culminates in the presentation of your major 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 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.

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

  • Identify appropriate presentation strategies for the ongoing exhibition of your realised work at a professional level
  • Engage with and sustain a professional studio practice
  • Establish a platform for the development of an independent and professional art career.

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

In Honours Independent Project you make artwork. The work you make should be informed by theoretical and practical research, and contributed to by your final presentation in Practice, Reflection & Discourse. This course supports the experimentation, realisation and production of your artwork. Individual consultations with your supervisor help you to develop and finalise the completed body of work for your Honours project. Incorporated in this are the workbooks, back-up works, journals (or equivalent) and other material used to aid in the realisation of your project.

There are two strands of assessments for this course:

You will be required to present (either formally or through studio consultation) works that demonstrate progress towards your completed folio.

Works in progress can be a range of things, including, but not limited to; tests, trial presentations, completed individual works as part of an incomplete series, developmental work. It is expected that you consult with your supervisor on what is most suitable for you to submit for this assessment.

At the completion of the semester you will be required to submit a folio of resolved artworks, commensurate with your ideas and project objectives. You will also need to submit any relevant journal work, support material, back-up work and / or experiments. It is expected that you consult with your supervisor on what is most suitable for you to submit for this assessment.

These works will be the resolved works that appear in your 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.)