Course Title: Develop and refine artistic practice to produce a concept for thematically connected paintings

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5234

Course Title: Develop and refine artistic practice to produce a concept for thematically connected paintings

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 100.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340T Art


Term1 2010

Course Contact: Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this course you will be involved in an ongoing investigation of what painting might be. This will build on technical and conceptual knowledge already gained in the first year of the Diploma of visual Art. Understanding that paint is an expressive medium capable of communicating conceptual and theoretical ideas will underpin the learning in this course. You will learn how to place their own work in a broader societal context, this may include the contemporary, historical, social and the political. Development of a strongly personal visual language will be encouraged. Issues currently pertaining to painting are discussed and expanded, and therefore you are encouraged to develop informed viewpoints that assist their personal research.

The expanded field of painting will be examined as you will be supported to take their ideas across mediums.Some workshops are introduced to develop specialist skills required to implement individual concepts.Students consolidate a research approach to the application of existing, new and emerging methods and technologies.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU026 Develop and refine artistic practice to produce a concept for thematically connected paintings


Develop and refine conceptual vision for thematically connected paintings 

Experiment with painting techniques and media to inform work 

Learning Outcomes

By undertaking this course you will develop:

  • An informed folio, based around painting practice, which clearly demonstrates appropriate use of materials and techniques well beyond the level established in year 1 painting.
  • Sources which clearly demonstrate the development, and establishment of, personal philosophical paths. This should be apparent in all major works, research materials, exploratory works and journals.
  • An awareness of particular cultural contexts within the work, based on documented evidence of research processes.
  • Idea streams and an understanding of the relationship these have to invention and improvisation

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is conducted by an ‘assessing panel’ which may comprise teaching staff and practitioners, viewing and responding in writing to a folio of works. You are reminded that you must view the assessment guidelines handed out with each project to become informed of specific requirements.
Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge and skills and might include:

  • Direct observation of painting work in progress including exploration of and experimentation with techniques 
  • Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding and candidate’s intentions and work outcome
  • Completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback from relevant others.