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CAVA1002: Visual Art Foundation 2

Semester 1, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study introduces you to art practice in the 4 Dimensional (screen) realm of creative practice at Sydney College of the Arts. In this first, 6 week project you will engage with a variety of creative learning experiences specific to this field of enquiry and will be provided with project-based content designed to develop your conceptual understanding and problem solving skills within a creative arts studio framework, encouraging you to: explore a wide range of media and processes; develop a participatory, collaborative and cooperative approach; and build on your understanding of the creative scope of Contemporary Art. This will be followed by a second, 6-week long X Dimensional (interdisciplinary) project allowing you to build on the skills and thinking developed throughout the year, while allowing you to deepen your understanding of Contemporary Art practice by merging the disciplines of your choosing. You will be introduced to interdisciplinary principles and relevant theories. You will become familiar with a broad range of concepts and work methods within your merged disciplines so as to develop your own visual language, ideas and mode of expression. In Each week you will have 2 hours of academic tuition supported by a 1 hour technical workshop. Each 6-week block will be delivered by a different academic and technical team. You will be encouraged to experiment, experience a range of facilities and equipment, and develop generic technical skills necessary to realise your projects.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Sydney College of the Arts
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Michael Doolan,
Lecturer(s) Andrew Robards,
Renate Rienmueller,
Chris Dolman,
Vicky Browne,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Final project
50% Formal exam period
Due date: 12 Jun 2020 at 09:00

Closing date: 12 Jun 2020
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Visual diary / process work
30% Formal exam period
Due date: 12 Jun 2020 at 09:00

Closing date: 12 Jun 2020
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4
Participation group assignment Peer assessment of final project
20% Week 11
Due date: 15 May 2020 at 09:00

Closing date: 15 May 2020
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Screen arts studio Studio (3 hr)  
Week 02 Screen arts studio Studio (3 hr)  
Week 04 Photo media studio Studio (3 hr)  
Week 05 Photo media studio Studio (3 hr)  
Week 06 Photo media studio/ Screen Arts feedback session and assessment Studio (3 hr)  
Week 07 Interdisciplinary Lab Studio (3 hr)  
Week 08 Dimensional interdisciplinary studio Studio (3 hr)  
Dimensional interdisciplinary studio Studio (3 hr)  
Week 09 Dimensional interdisciplinary studio Studio (3 hr)  
Week 10 Dimensional interdisciplinary studio Studio (3 hr)  
Week 11 Dimensional interdisciplinary studio Studio (3 hr)  
Week 12 Dimensional interdisciplinary studio Studio (3 hr)  
Week 13 Dimensional interdisciplinary studio Studio (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate emerging competencies in the skills, systems, and approaches to contemporary art practice
  • LO2. demonstrate application of skills in the generation of art objects, and engagements relative to visual art. Showing evidence of of development in skills and technologies, and the capacity to reflect on the art-making process as it relates to the demands of the unit
  • LO3. demonstrate the strategies requisite to a critical awareness within art-making: the appropriate application of concepts and the willingness to explore unfamiliar approaches
  • LO4. demonstrate a commitment to art practice, deploying qualities of regularity, consistency and openness with the objective of shaping a dedicated art practice
  • LO5. adopt an experimental and imaginative approach to the creative process to pursue idiosyncratic, innovative outcomes
  • LO6. show a willingness to work in groups with the intention of developing a collaborative, inclusive and discursive approach to studio activity
  • LO7. apply Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) to all aspects of studio practice.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Student feedback has been consulted in the formation of this unit

Additional costs

This unit has an $80.00 materials levy


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