ARTF2040 Earth, Water, Air & Fire: Material Explorations in Environmental Art

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Fine Arts major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit places an emphasis on engaging environmental issues through studio practice. Students build on the conceptual knowledge and technical skills acquired in Level 1 and extend their specialisation by engaging a wide array of sculptural materials and methods. In this structured studio-based unit, students produce artwork within an environmental context, ultimately working towards developing an independent work practice and initiating their own projects. Student work in the studio is supported by engaging with texts by artists and scholars who examine environmental issues through art and materiality. Students expand their knowledge by participating in group critiques and class discussions. This is the first unit in the Art & Environment specialisation for students enrolled in the Fine Arts Major.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) discuss the focus of your creative work in relation to the methods and materials of environmental art; (2) integrate form and content in your creative work via questioning, experiment, problem solving and invention; (3) articulate a clear and comprehensive creative concept which is verified during development and resolution; (4) demonstrate technical competency in the realisation of your creative work; and (5) communicate information and ideas effectively in written, oral and creative modes.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) creative work; (2) written work; and (3) weekly work. 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)
Mike Bianco
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
ARTF1052 Fine Arts Studio: Record, Visualise & Imagine (formerly VISA 1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording) and/or ARTF1053 Fine Arts Studio: Space, Time & Beyond (formerly VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means)
Contact hours
up to 5 hours per week
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