Bachelor of Visual Art

Visual Art Studio Practice Major

The Studio Practice major enables students to gain advanced studio-based knowledge, technical proficiency, and the individual work ethic necessary for visual arts practice as a skilled, professional within contemporary culture and society. This is through technical development workshops, seminars, projects and studio experimentation allowing students to develop their skills collegially and individually creating personalised artistic outcomes as a visual representation of the student’s voice. This major allows students a flexible and innovative approach to practicing creativity and engaging the visual arts in the wider community as a way of capturing and reshaping our stories as a culture.

Duration

3-years Full Time

6-years Part Time

Campus

Toowoomba

Online

QTAC Code

909971

909975

ATAR

60

Credit Points

24

What You Study!

You will develop knowledge and skills across a range of visual art studio areas and have the opportunity to specialise and hone your individual arts practice.  This will allow you to build your emerging arts practice, and to enter a range of professional roles and careers including practicing artist, workshop facilitator, arts events facilitator and community artist amongst others.

2D Studio Foundations

Perspectives in Visual Arts – Movements, Moments and Events

3D Studio Foundations

Artists, Works and Processes

Intermediate Studio 1

Visual Storytelling -Building Personal and Cultural Narratives in the 21st Century

Intermediate Studio 2

Curatorial and Cultural Management

Advanced Studio 1

Professional Visual Art Project 1

Advanced Studio 2

Professional Visual Art Project 2

VIS1001 2D Studio Foundations

VIS1100 Perspectives in Visual Arts

VIS1002 3D Studio Foundations

VIS1300 Innovation in Art, Architecture, New Media and Design

VIS2001 Intermediate Studio 1

This intermediate course offers the opportunity for students to continue developing their contemporary art practice and research.  Students are encouraged to expand their knowledge of technical, conceptual, practical and observational skills related to their selected 2D and 3D studio practice areas.  This intermediate level course aims to inform students about concepts, techniques and skills needed to critically operate as a practicing visual artist.  Through independent and/or collaborative learning, this course will identify the professional issues associated with art and research practices, including interdisciplinary and/or hybrid works alongside self-reflective practices.

This course builds on the knowledge and skills gained in VIS 1001 and VIS 1002, and is integral and complementary to the understanding of VIS 2002.

VIS2002 Intermediate Studio 2

Storytelling and narrative based works of art offer artists an alternative to theory driven, aesthetic or historical approaches to practice. As such, the aim of this course is to show students how ‘storytelling’ has become a vital strategy for many artists in making a connection with the societies and cultures they live in.   This course will explore acts of storytelling across a broad range of media and cultural practices, from dominant culture to sub-cultures and Indigenous practices.  This will demonstrate how personal and cultural narratives provide opportunities to engage ideas that offer audiences an unfolding engagement with the artist’s intended story. Students in this class will be researching and viewing different forms of storytelling that are within traditional and non-traditional studio activities such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and ceramics, as well as their expansion into areas such as film and social media.  Students undertaking this course should ultimately develop an understanding of how visual narratives are formed, and how the artist’s intention intersects with audience reception and expectation

VIS1400 Artists, Works and Processes

This course will examine multifaceted approaches to art practice and aesthetics, positioned within the focus of 20th and 21st century cultural and artistic theories.  Students will view and research key artists and the ways in which they articulate conceptual intentions to reach creative outcomes.  The knowledge obtained from this course will form the basis for subsequent courses about art and ideas, and provides key information for students engaged in studio-based courses or activity, who will need to become critically reflective of their own work, as practicing artists.  This course will also introduce students to discussions about the public reception of artworks, and how works can become a conversation between artist and viewer.

VIS2100 Visual Storytelling - Building Personal and Cultural Narratives in the 21st Century

Storytelling and narrative based works of art offer artists an alternative to theory driven, aesthetic or historical approaches to practice. As such, the aim of this course is to show students how ‘storytelling’ has become a vital strategy for many artists in making a connection with the societies and cultures they live in.   This course will explore acts of storytelling across a broad range of media and cultural practices, from dominant culture to sub-cultures and Indigenous practices.  This will demonstrate how personal and cultural narratives provide opportunities to engage ideas that offer audiences an unfolding engagement with the artist’s intended story. Students in this class will be researching and viewing different forms of storytelling that are within traditional and non-traditional studio activities such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and ceramics, as well as their expansion into areas such as film and social media.  Students undertaking this course should ultimately develop an understanding of how visual narratives are formed, and how the artist’s intention intersects with audience reception and expectation

VIS2200 Curational and Cultural Management

Professional artists need a broad knowledge of museums, commercial galleries, artist-run initiatives and arts business models.  The aim of this course is to develop students’ awareness of a variety of arts industry professions and practices that are an extension of artistic practice.  This course is an industry development course that will expand the student’s knowledge and skills and personal development in the arts industry through traditional and non-traditional professions, with a focus on managerial skills and entrepreneurship.  This is integral to working towards a career in a varied range of art professions.

VIS3001 Advanced Studio 1

In this course, students will undertake studies in a minimum of one studio area.  This course builds on the intermediate studio courses by addressing studio practice and research within a contemporary art context at an advanced level.  Students will focus on expanding research methods, and demonstrating articulate written, spoken and visual language through their studio and self-reflective practices.  Across this course, students will further develop independent and/or collaborative projects under the guidance of staff.  The work produced will be of a high professional standard, and will prepare students for further study at Honours and/or postgraduate level, or to work within creative industries.  Students will be introduced to the various career pathways within professional arts industries.  These include: practicing artist, curator, gallery administrator, art education officer, art teacher, art writer and more.  This enables the student to cater their learning to individual career aspirations. 

 

This course offers the full suite of Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography and Drawing workshops for ON CAMPUS Toowoomba students only.  Students must select a minimum of one studio area.

ONLINE and ON CAMPUS Springfield students will be offered Painting, Drawing and Sculpture during semester time.  Students who wish to pursue Printmaking, Ceramics or Photography may consider doing approved intensive workshops during the non-teaching periods, such as the McGregor Summer or Winter schools.  Students may also wish to engage in approved intensives in Painting, Drawing or Sculpture if studying ONLINE.  Due to the range of possible intensives or workshops, to gain credit for these activities, students must seek and obtain pre-approval from the discipline co-ordinator of visual arts.

VAP3003 Professional Visual Art Project 1

This course is one of two studio capstone courses aimed at industry preparedness.  The aim of these capstone courses is to facilitate the integration of advanced learned knowledge and the industry standard for employability and project outcomes.  Students require experience in a range of professional concepts, techniques and skills in order to critically apply and professionally engage with their art practice.  The expectation is that at completion, students should have a clear idea of the high level of competency, project management and other professional issues required to produce successful outcomes. This process includes the use of dynamic concept and project development, of evaluation, re-evaluation and adjustment. This course aims to equip students as self-reflective and independent practitioners/researchers, which are necessary skills for entry into further Honours and/or postgraduate study, or employment in the creative industries.

VIS3002 Advanced Studio 2

This course expands upon VIS 3001 by critically investigating studio practice, contemporary context and individual methods.  Students will apply a high level of research skills and analytical thinking in forming their studio ideas, which will then be carried out with advanced technical ability.  During this course, students will focus on key areas of interest and work both independently or collaboratively in response to critique.  Upon completion of this course, students will be well equipped to engage in professional art practice and industry, or to enter into further study at Honours and/or level.   Students will learn to appropriately contextualise, justify and reflect on their approach to practice within a professional industry and research context. Students will be introduced to the various career pathways within professional arts industries.  These include: practicing artist, curator, gallery administrator, art education officer, art teacher, art writer and more.  This enables the student to cater their learning to individual career aspirations.  

 

This course offers the full suite of Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography and Drawing workshops for ON CAMPUS Toowoomba students only.  Students must select a minimum of one studio area.

ONLINE and ON CAMPUS Springfield students will be offered Painting, Drawing and Sculpture during semester time.  Students who wish to pursue Printmaking, Ceramics or Photography may consider doing approved intensive workshops during the non-teaching periods, such as the McGregor Summer or Winter schools.  Students may also wish to engage in approved intensives in Painting, Drawing and Sculpture if studying ONLINE.  Due to the range of possible intensives or workshops, to gain credit for these activities, students must seek and obtain pre-approval from the discipline co-ordinator of visual arts.

Students undertaking photography (minor) need to have completed FIL1003 Editing and FIL1001 Location Production 1 in first year.  NOTE: To undertake photography online students must have access to post-production software, a digital camera and lenses.

VAP3004 Professional Visual Art Project 2

This course is one of two studio capstone courses aimed at industry preparedness.  The aim of these capstone courses is to facilitate the integration of advanced learned knowledge and the industry standard for employability and project outcomes.  Students require experience in a range of professional concepts, techniques and skills in order to critically apply and professionally engage with their art practice.  The expectation is that at completion, students should have a clear idea of the high level of competency, project management and other professional issues required to produce successful outcomes. This process includes the use of dynamic concept and project development, of evaluation, re-evaluation and adjustment. This course aims to equip students as self-reflective and independent practitioners/researchers, which are necessary skills for entry into further Honours and/or postgraduate study, or employment in the creative industries.

Why Visual Studio Art Practice?

Visual Art Studio Practice is for those want to expand their practical art-making knowledge, skills and techniques, either to form or progress their identity as an emerging artist.  If you are passionate about Visual Arts, particularly in terms of hands-on learning and professional practical outcomes, this major is for you.

Your Career

Depending on your areas of specialisation and choice of electives, your career options could include roles including:

Practicing artist

Curator

Arts administrator

Designer

Arts educator

Arts writer/editor

Conservator/Restorer

Community arts officer

Arts consultant

Your Career

Depending on your areas of specialisation and choice of electives, your career options could include roles including:

Practicing artist

Curator

Arts administrator

Designer

Arts educator

Arts writer/editor

Conservator/Restorer

Community arts officer

Arts consultant

Your Career

Depending on your areas of specialisation and choice of electives, your career options could include roles including:

Practicing artist

Curator

Arts administrator

Designer

Arts educator

Arts writer/editor

Conservator/Restorer

Community arts officer

Arts consultant

Your Career

Depending on your areas of specialisation and choice of electives, your career options could include roles including:

Practicing artist

Curator

Arts administrator

Designer

Arts educator

Arts writer/editor

Conservator/Restorer

Community arts officer

Arts consultant

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