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  • Objectives
    In this course you will examine contemporary visual art theoretical discourse. You’ll be given instruction in the use of contemporary thought in dealing with the meaning and practice of art and will critique a current piece of critical writing that relates to your major research interests. You’ll be given instruction in close reading and writing of critical texts and produce an independent exegesis. You’ll be given an introduction to strategies and research methodologies appropriate to contemporary visual arts practice and theory and produce a research synopsis and studio practice research proposal. You will consider the inter-connectedness of contemporary theory and studio practice and investigate the potential of interdisciplinary studies as you complete your own art project under the guidance of one of our talented and experienced staff.
  • Entry requirements
    A bachelor degree or equivalent in any of the related disciplines of visual arts. Applicants whose standing as visual arts practitioners or educators recommends them as being capable of undertaking and benefiting from postgraduate studio studies are also considered. Your application must be accompanied by a detailed study proposal supported by a comprehensive folio of recent work. The quality of the study proposal, the perceived capacity to bring it to a successful conclusion, the supporting evidence of skills, competence and creative capacities and the Department of Art’s ability to support and supervise the work are factors in establishing entry. You are advised to seek early consultation with the course coordinator before submitting your study proposal.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Diploma in Art
  • Course description
     309815 v.2 Graduate Diploma in Art

    GradDipArt(Curtin)

    Course CRICOS Code: 062560K
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year

    The course provides the opportunity to develop individual initiatives and creative capacities in any of the major studies offered within the Department of Art including textiles, painting, print media, sculpture, jewellery and three-dimensional design, electronic arts, drawing, ceramics, fashion, photography, installation, performance and audio-visual technologies. It is designed to extend undergraduate program studies and to provide vocational and mid-career studio training for artists and educators. The course consists of individually negotiated studio programs, undertaken with a common core of theoretical studies, providing for the development of critical and research skills in specific areas of interest.

    Graduates find employment in a wide range of art related professions. As well as working as independent professional studio practitioners, earning through direct sales, commissions and public exhibition works, graduates have been employed as curators in major museums including the Singapore Art Museum and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Graduates have also obtained positions as arts administrators and curators in university galleries and regional galleries around Australia.

    Many of our graduates are teachers in art schools such as La Salle and NAFA in Singapore, Sydney College of the Arts, Edith Cowan University, the University of Western Australia, Victorian College of Arts, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Others are employed in the Australian TAFE sector and in secondary education.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    An approved undergraduate degree or its equivalent in any of the related disciplines of visual arts. Applications are also considered from candidates whose standing as visual arts practitioners or educators recommends them as being capable of undertaking and benefiting from postgraduate studio studies. All applicants are required to submit a detailed study proposal supported by a folio of work. The quality of the study proposal, the supporting evidence of skills, competence and creative capacities are factors in establishing entry. Applicants are advised to seek early consultation with the MA/Graduate Diploma Coordinator before submitting a study proposal.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis. Exemption from some diploma course units may be granted on the basis of substantial relevant practice in visual arts, or passes in relevant graduate units.

    Duration and Availability

    This one year full-time or equivalent part-time study fee-paying course is available to International Onshore students and domestic students. A limited number of places are available each year in the course. While it is possible that all study areas maybe available in any one year, the selection of applicants is based upon an evaluation of the applicant's study proposal, the capacity to bring it to a successful conclusion and the Department's ability to support and supervise the work.

    Course Organisation

    The student, in consultation with an appointed staff supervisor, constructs a studio program based upon the submitted study proposal. The course consists of project units relating to the individual's studio program and associated theoretical studies.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Course Structure                                                     Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Year 1 Semester 1

    310729     v.1           Art Project 591                                 6.0     50.0
    310731     v.1           Art Research Seminar 591                3.0     25.0
    6301         v.8           Art Theory 501                                 3.0     25.0
                                                                                                       100.0

    Year 1 Semester 2
    310730     v.1           Art Project 592                                6.0     50.0
    6322         v.8           Art Theory 502                                3.0      25.0
                                     SELECT 1 ELECTIVE                                   25.0
                                                                                                      100.0

    #              As an alternative to this unit, students may select an elective in consultation with the Course Coordinator

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