VISA4001 Fine Arts Honours Seminar 1: Survey and Situate

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Fine Arts [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit aims to facilitate an opportunity for students to develop an informed perspective of their art practice cognate to current methods, trends and frameworks of contemporary art. Peer-based discussions are informed by local visits to selected sites of art exhibition, display, collection and/or production. Through an expanded discussion of inclinations within the wider international field of art, students form individual positions that situate their evolving studio practice within progressive areas of contemporary art.
Students are able to (1) identify and articulate the effect of current social-cultural trends on the framework of contemporary art; (2) develop a clear critical judgment on the effectiveness of current forms, methods and mannerisms of contemporary art display; (3) critically evaluate historical examples of creative art in relation to current forms of artistic practice; (4) understand the ethical issues around contemporary art; and (5) form coherent discussions that demonstrate a clarity of considered argument within established conventions of academic writing.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar presentation; (2) critical analysis; and (3) research essay. 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)
Vladimir Todorovic
Unit rules
enrolment in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) (BH003)
Advisable prior study:
VISA3051 Advanced Major Project
Contact hours
seminars: up to 3 hours week
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