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CAVA4002: Professional Arts Practice

2023 unit information

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.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Sydney College of the Arts

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
Assumed knowledge:

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 availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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