VISA2270 International Studio for Arts and Culture

6 points
(see Summer Timetable)
Offshore teaching periodBaliFace to face
Summer teaching periodBaliFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Fine Arts major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Level 2 elective
Indonesia offers a wealth of observable difference as well as complex social and economic strata that affect visitors' perception and responses to this unique third-world country. The objective of this unit is to introduce and immerse students into one aspect of this rich living Indigenous culture. The unit offers students the opportunity to experience learning within the niche of lived experience, social responsibility, agency and where possible, contribution to community.

This is a unique cultural program which introduces language, history, contemporary and traditional visual art practices and techniques in a studio setting and in the field. Students are mentored to creatively engage with, record and process culture. Students are taught and will use drawing intensively to record day to day activities and events. They will also learn to use their smartphones for digital photography, video and graphic processes. The smartphone is a powerful tool in this unit. These academic, observational and recording strategies equip students with a skill set with which they can creatively engage with cultures and workplaces around the globe.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate sensitive and creative recording of culture, including day-to-day activities, sites, objects, ceremonies and performances of cultural or spiritual importance; (2) demonstrate cultural responsibility and ethical manners in the pursuit of field work as required; (3) deliver a folio of work that documents and responds to the unique experience, environment spirituality and culture of Bali; and (4) demonstrate basic Bahasa language skills to engage with community.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) visual essay (reports); (2) visual diary; and (3) group project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Paul Trinidad
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
one of the following: VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording; VISA1051 Art in the Environment; VISA1052 Art of Expression; VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means; VISA1054 Art of Drawing
Approved quota: 30—the School of Design calls for expressions of interest for participation in this unit, and ensures that a full pre-departure briefing is provided, so that students are made aware of ancillary fees, accommodation arrangements, health and security issues, visa application processes, as well as the academic content of the unit, prior to enrolling in the unit. If more than 30 students apply, a selection process is made based on academic merit, subject to students meeting the set deadlines for expression of interest and payment of program fees, which are integral for the planning and administrative requirements of running an overseas unit.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Fine Arts consumables (estimated cost - $75-$350)
(2) Overseas field trips (estimated cost - $2000-$5000).
Contact hours
intensive in-country program: 2 weeks in January or June/July
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-D-1A_2019]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-SUMM-A_2019]
Applications for participation in this unit can be made via Global Studio.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.