VISA4002 Fine Arts Honours Seminar 2: Critical Thought

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Fine Arts [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Students are introduced to influential areas of critical thought that have developed inclinations within art practice and discourses surrounding contemporary art. Through readings, seminar-based discussions and presentations, students develop an understanding of the scope of theoretical paradigms relevant to their art practice. The unit aims to prepare students for independent research with the necessary skills to identify, discuss, debate, clarify and communicate concepts resident in critical thinking around art.
Students are able to (1) identify and distinguish the nature of historical art theory in relation to evolving contemporary art practice; (2) characterise and evaluate pertinent examples of theoretical thought relevant to the student's evolving artistic practice; (3) articulate a discerning understanding of the relationship between critical thought and artistic practice; (4) understand the function of multidisciplinary areas of critical thinking within the discourse of art theory and forms of art; and (5) form coherent discussions on critical thought 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) summary 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)
Dr Ionat Zurr
Unit rules
enrolment in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) (BH003)
Advisable prior study:
VISA3051 Advanced Major Project
Contact hours
seminars: (up to) 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.