ACV210 - Art in Public Space

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Commencing 2024

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: David Cross
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


Art in Public Spaces is a unit that enables students to develop their critical thinking and creative practice through the making of artwork outside the gallery context. Focusing on strategies for art making across studio, community, site-responsive and collaborative contexts, this unit seeks to develop the assorted skills for making temporary interventions in public settings across two, three and four dimensions. From the studio environment students will undertake activities that engage in real world outcomes and creative, material interventions by exploring historical, every day and alternative practices from a selection of approaches to public art including: drawing, murals, video, installation, performance, text, and place-based intervention. Current trends as well as the history and theory of public art will be integrated into the program in studio activities, a public art project, collaborative learning tasks, and online. The major project offers students the opportunity to grapple with the latest ideas in contemporary public practice. In week 1 students will be introduced to a thematic concept and will work individually and where relevant collectively over 11 weeks to develop a series of works in response to selected sites. The seminars give students the opportunity to develop key technical and conceptual skills in many facets of public art while developing projects that respond to and question contemporary issues around: place-making; contemporary visual narratives; public spaces; social practice; the artist as provocateur; collaboration; and spectacle and the object.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Critically analyse historical and conceptual frameworks relevant to the production of public art

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Evaluate, synthesise and apply a range of research findings to the resolution of individual projects and artworks

GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management


Apply ethical and sustained critical research methods to the planning and execution of public art projects

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 - A journal/workbook of visual and written work

1600 word equivalent 40% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Folio of original artworks 2400 word equivalent 60% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACV210
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

Unit Fee Information

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