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Courses Handbook 2014

This handbook contains information for courses and units at Curtin in 2014.
Information for the previous year's courses and units is available at Courses Handbook 2013.

311945 v.2 Art and Design Studies Major

Major/Stream Overview

This major/stream is part of a larger course. Information is specific to the major/stream, please refer to the course for more information.

Through the study of the history and theories of Art and Design, students receive practical training in critical understandings of how visual culture structures and informs our world. Students are also trained in practices of seeing and representation through technical and intuitive skills based in drawing.

Major Overview Note

Students choosing this major within the Bachelor of Arts degree will also choose another major or an elective stream. Choosing a second major allows students to study in an additional discipline area. Choosing an elective stream allows students to undertake further study in the discipline of their first major or choose from a variety of units from around the University.

Major/Stream Entry and Completion Details

Students should complete Drawing 191 and Historical Issues in Art and Design 192 in first year. Students must attend an Information Session.

Major/Stream Organisation

Major/Stream Learning Outcomes

A graduate of this course can:

1. apply discipline knowledge of critical discourses within art and design; contribute to evidence based practice through visual research

2. think critically and reflectively by incorporating creativity within the research and articulation of visual culture

3. critically evaluate visual culture, technology, practices and literature relevant to the discipline; synthesise information from a range of sources

4. demonstrate effective visual, spoken and written communication appropriate to art and design critical discourses

5. use and discern visual and other technologies appropriate to the understanding of contemporary art and design

6. sustain an engagement with visual culture and creative industries through self-directed ongoing learning skills

7. recognise the significance of disparate international visual art and design practices in the development of local and national professional contemporary visual cultural production

8. recognise the importance of cultural diversity through visual language; respect individuals from all cultures; develop cross-cultural collaborations that foster innovation and diversity in art and design

9. work independently and collaboratively, demonstrating art and design professional practice and leadership skills

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 2 Semester 1
311364 v.3   History and Theory of Art and Design 291 3.0 25.0
12944 v.5   Art Visual Research 291 3.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
12946 v.5   Art Visual Research 292 3.0 25.0
311365 v.3   History and Theory of Art and Design 292 3.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
12948 v.5   Art Visual Research 391 3.0 25.0
311366 v.3   History and Theory of Art and Design 391 3.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
311367 v.3   History and Theory of Art and Design 392 3.0 25.0
12950 v.5   Art Visual Research 392 3.0 25.0
13281 v.2   Professional Practicum 390 3.0 25.0

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