ACV307 - Practice-Led Research in the Visual Arts

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Commencing 2025

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Katie Lee

Students must have completed one credit point at level 1 or 2 of any ACA, ACV or ACI coded unit, plus one credit point at level 2 in any unit

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.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week


The focus of this unit is on artistic processes and the development of a sustainable self-directed studio practice. Through critical reflection, discussion, research and debate, students are expected to generate a research question and write a proposal which will drive the studio inquiry for the trimester. At third year level, students will have the opportunity to realise their creative and technical ambitions through practice, workshops, studio dialogue and critical reflection. The development of the project work can be discipline focused or interdisciplinary in nature and span painting, drawing, video, performance, public art and installation. The Journal allows students to track research progress, experiment with ideas and materials and test creative solutions. Students will produce a body of work that reflects an emerging creative focus and develop skills in planning and achieving ambitious studio projects.

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

Critically reflect on and evaluate key concepts and ideas relevant to the visual arts and apply these to the development of creative works

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

ULO2 Apply and critically assess appropriate studio strategies to create a resolved body of art works.

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

ULO3 Research and analyse a range of influences and interests and apply these to the execution of a self-directed studio project

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Proposal 800 words 20% Week 5
Assessment 2: Journal 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 11
Assessment 3: Major Folio 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11

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 ACV307
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.

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