Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies

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Visual Arts

Honours

In addition to the requirements in the degree resolutions, admission to Honours in Visual Arts requires:
(i) completion of the requirements of the pass degree of the Bachelor of Visual Arts, or a Major in Visual Arts in an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney or an equivalent degree from another university with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65 across all 2000- and 3000-level units; and
(ii) presentation of a research proposal outlining the proposed topic of investigation; and
(iii) for students not in the Bachelor of Visual Arts, presentation of a portfolio of creative work demonstrating level of expertise for honours level.
Achievement of Honours in Visual Arts requires 36 credit points from this table including:
(i) 36 credit points of 4000-level core Honours units, either by studio practice and research paper; or by dissertation.

By studio practice and research paper

CAHO4005 Research Honours Seminar

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr seminar/week, 1x1hr group tutorial/week Corequisites: CAHO4001 or CAHO4003 Assessment: 1x3000wd equivalent oral and written seminar presentation (50%),1x3000wd essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit identifies the central theories and dynamics of contemporary visual art praxis that will inform the student¿s year-long individual research projects. It also provides an essential framework to develop an understanding of research methodologies to support your project. Topics include approaches to researching, the artist¿s methodology, the author's voice and its role in the organising and structuring of texts. You will further develop your critical and analytical skills through readings, discussion and essay writing. Students present an individual seminar on developing studio/dissertation research and write an essay identifying the concepts and practices relevant to their projects.
CAHO4006 Contemporary Arts Honours A

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr/fortnight supervisory consultations Prerequisites: A completed Bachelor of Visual Arts or external equivalent degree Corequisites: CAHO4005 Assessment: Development of preparatory artworks and draft of research paper (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit of study you will research and begin to develop a substantial and coherent body of studio work for exhibition that is individually conceived and planned. In addition, you will research and prepare the first draft of a 5000-7000 word research paper. Both are monitored through meetings with your supervisor who provides advice and feedback. Through the critical intersection of praxis and theoretical enquiry you will develop methods to engage critically with contemporary ideas pertaining to visual art practice. By undertaking intensive studio investigations you will deepen your understanding of your own production of artworks and strengthen connections with the broader arts field.
Textbooks
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CAHO4007 Contemporary Arts Honours B

Credit points: 18 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr supervision/fortnightly Prerequisites: CAHO4005 and CAHO4006 Assessment: 1x30min oral exam (8000wd equivalent) exhibited body of artwork (60%), 1x5000-7000wd research paper (40%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit, you will continue with your independent studio project, building on the preparatory activities for your studio artwork and research paper completed in your first semester. Through a continued exploration within the studio, you will work towards refining a body of work to be presented for examination. Throughout the semester you will also refine your paper with the submitting of drafts to your supervisor as milestones, commencing with a first draft submitted in the first week and finishing with a final research paper of 5000-7000 words ready for examination. You will continue regular meetings with your supervisor, who will provide feedback on your studio work and your written drafts.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units

By dissertation

CAHO4005 Research Honours Seminar

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr seminar/week, 1x1hr group tutorial/week Corequisites: CAHO4001 or CAHO4003 Assessment: 1x3000wd equivalent oral and written seminar presentation (50%),1x3000wd essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit identifies the central theories and dynamics of contemporary visual art praxis that will inform the student¿s year-long individual research projects. It also provides an essential framework to develop an understanding of research methodologies to support your project. Topics include approaches to researching, the artist¿s methodology, the author's voice and its role in the organising and structuring of texts. You will further develop your critical and analytical skills through readings, discussion and essay writing. Students present an individual seminar on developing studio/dissertation research and write an essay identifying the concepts and practices relevant to their projects.
CAHO4008 Contemporary Arts Honours Dissertation A

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr supervision/fortnightly Prerequisites: A completed Bachelor of Visual Arts or external equivalent degree Corequisites: CAHO4005 Assessment: Honours Thesis development of argument towards a written draft (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit of study you will conduct supervised and independent study focused on a self-nominated research topic. The outcome of this year-long study is a dissertation of 15, 000 words that should demonstrate a commitment to serious scholarship, a focussed investigation, disciplined editing and rigorous analysis. Throughout this semester you will work towards refining your research interests, conducting research and developing an argument towards a first written draft. Regular meetings with your supervisor provide advice and feedback. Candidate should demonstrate consistent progress in individual research.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
CAHO4009 Contemporary Arts Honours Dissertation B

Credit points: 18 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr supervision/fortnightly Prerequisites: CAHO4005 and CAHO4008 Assessment: 15,000wd final honours dissertation (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
This unit of study follows on from CAHO4008. At the end of this unit you are required to present a 15, 000 word dissertation concerned with the field of contemporary visual arts that should demonstrate a commitment to serious scholarship, a focused investigation, disciplined editing and rigorous analysis. In this unit, you will develop your written research project from the initial research and preparatory tasks completed in your first semester through a series of progressive drafts to a refined, completed dissertation suitable for examination at the end of the unit. Regular meetings with your supervisor will continue to provide advice and feedback.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units