Course Title: Research history and theory to inform own arts practice

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4311 Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Title: Research history and theory to inform own arts practice

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 70

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340T Art


Term2 2016

Course Contact: Jennifer Mills

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

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Course Description

In this course you will develop the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to research history and theory for application to artistic practice.


People working in all areas of arts practice apply the skills and knowledge described in this unit. The effectiveness of any creative work is enhanced if supported by a well-developed understanding of the history and theory associated with its genre, style or medium.

At this level, conclusions drawn from research may involve challenging different points of view as part of the process of developing one’s own creative voice. Research activity is largely independent with some guidance as required.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUVRES401A Research history and theory to inform own arts practice


1. Research history and theory

2. Link research to own arts practice

3. Update and maintain knowledge of trends in own arts practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have completed research projects that will contribute to a portfolio of evidence.


Evidence of the ability to undertake the following is essential:

  • use research and critical thinking techniques to evaluate information and distil key themes and ideas
  • apply knowledge of historical and theoretical references to own arts practice.    

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.