ALW301 - Critical Writing for Creative Practice

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

unit not offered in 2023

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Paul Venzo
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 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2-hour seminar per week (recordings provided)


Creative practitioners, working across disciplines as broad as the visual arts, performance, and creative writing, are often called upon to engage critically with their own work and that of others. This engagement may take many forms, including artist statements, catalogue essays or exhibition entries, abstracts and peer-reviewed articles for publication, biographical notes, reviews, writing for practitioner websites, public presentations, and exegeses. Students undertaking this unit will learn and practice skills in writing critically about their own creative work and that of others, across a range of forms and contexts. Through analysis of case-studies and applied learning in written assessment, students will discover how to situate their creative practice within conceptual and theoretical frameworks, and relevant cultural contexts, to showcase the impact and significance of creative work and to represent themselves as experts in their chosen field of creative practice. This unit is designed for any student interested in effectively communicating the important ideas and critical thinking that informs, and can be found within, their creative output.

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

Identify, discuss and engage with process and form via critical writing in one or more areas of creative practice

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Contextualise creative practice in relation to discipline-specific theoretical and conceptual frameworks

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Communicate effectively in critical writing about creative practice

GLO2: Communication


Test and evaluate ideas about creative practice through critical writing, solving problems through attention to and implementation of feedback

GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Reflection 1000 words or equivalent 25% Week 6
Assessment 2 - Critical Review 1200 words or equivalent 30% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Exegetical Essay 1800 words or equivalent 45% 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

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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