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VA3212 - History and Theory of Creative Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Creative Arts (pre 2015)

Available to all students

The subject is designed to provide students with a sound working knowledge of the fundamental concepts that inform the discussion of art, design and performance in contemporary culture, and to develop visual literacy and written language skills. It is geared to building understanding of the contemporary arts in relation to earlier developments in creative practice such as Modernism and Postmodernism. Students examine the nature of aesthetic experience and identify why the arts are of value to us. The aim of the weekly tutorial session is to engage in a discussion about artworks in terms of their form, content context and ideology.

Learning Outcomes

  • an awareness of the history and theories underpinning creative arts practice from the advent of Modernism;
  • the ability to describe, analyse and compare creative works in terms of their form, content, and social and historical context;
  • the ability to structure concise, descriptive and analytical writing about creative works and the meaning and value of the arts;
  • the capacity to communicate with others during class presentations and group discussions on topics including the nature of creative arts and why they are of value to us.
Prerequisites: 18CP OF LEVEL 1 SUBJECTS
CV3011 VA2212


Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Robyn Glade-Wright.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
Assessment: presentations (60%); essays (40%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Participation in 80% of classes is a requirement to pass this subject.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.