Course Title: Apply research and critical analysis to inform artistic and design practice

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5234

Course Title: Apply research and critical analysis to inform artistic and design practice

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 100.0

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340T Art


Term1 2009,
Term1 2010,
Term1 2012,
Term2 2009,
Term2 2011

Course Contact: Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to research and critically analyse historical and theoretical concepts for application to own artistic and design practice. The course includes the need for critical analysis of information and own work and the challenging of different points of view to inform own personal work and philosophy.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU011 Apply research and critical analysis to inform artistic and design practice


1 Conduct research to inform artistic/design practice 

2 Apply research to artistic/design practice 

3 Evaluate own work 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Conduct research to inform artistic/design practice
  • Apply research to artistic/design practice
  • Evaluate own work.

You will also have an understanding of:
  • Cultural, sociological and scientific theories, philosophies and issues and how they relate to own work and the work of others
  • The influences of philosophical concerns upon contemporary art and design both internationally and within Australia e.g. feminism, identity, post modernism, post colonialism, gender, Marxism, land and place, cultures, sub-cultures etc
  • Understanding and use of appropriate terminology as related to theories, philosophies and contemporary art and design
  • Histories including world, art, craft and design, film, the web and multimedia, religion, spirituality, aesthetics, politics
  • Role of art criticism including aesthetics, technique, social context and philosophical foundations
  • Understanding of new technologies and contemporary practices.

Overview of Assessment

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following evidence of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment. On completion of this course, you will receive graded assessment.
Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:

  • case studies
  • oral questioning/interview
  • projects/reports
  • portfolios of evidence.

Assessment must take place over a period of time in order to determine competence in the ongoing implementation and monitoring aspects of this unit. Assessment for this course is on going throughout the year.You will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress, within class time.