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CAVA4002: Professional Arts Practice

This unit locates your arts practice in a professional context. In a series of workshops, you will develop and apply strategies fundamental to visual arts business practice, covering topics such as arts law, copyright, contracts, photographing work, writing exhibition proposals, grant applications and curriculum vitae, and defining a market. You will consider how you want to present yourself publicly as an artist, establishing the foundation for a sustainable career, with a strong business ethic enhancing and extending your creative working life. In the latter half of the semester, you will undertake fieldwork in an arts institution of your choice supported by feedback from your lecturers.

Code CAVA4002
Academic unit Sydney College of the Arts
Credit points 6
48 credit points from Visual Arts or 72 credit points from CASF and CAST

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

  • LO1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the operating structures of a variety of art institutions/organisations and other external bodies relevant to the individual's art practice.
  • LO2. Confidently negotiate opportunities for your arts practice and research with art institutions/organisations and other external bodies.
  • LO3. Understand and apply various procedures related to grant writing, small business establishment, and creating a public profile in the contemporary arts field.
  • LO4. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Ethics, Diversity and Cultural Competencies relevant to individual art practice and ongoing professional activities.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.