Jewellery and Object (Dissertation and minor studio project)
HONOURS SUBJECT AREA
Jewellery and Object explores concepts and techniques fundamental to the making of human-scale works. Building on formal metalsmithing skills, broad experimentation is encouraged, with the aim of developing a rich and individual visual language.
In the Jewellery and Object Studio you will engage in conceptual and practical investigations through projects designed to develop ideas and expression while acquiring technical and material knowledge. An introduction to a diverse range of materials and processes encourages work of both a utilitarian and conceptual nature. Your work may take the form of exhibition pieces, small runs of production work, design for manufacture, or commissioned art works.
The honours year
The Honours year at Sydney College of the Arts provides students with the opportunity to establish a research practice through the development of a visual art project, over two semesters’ full-time study. Students work with an allocated supervisor for the general supervision of both their studio and written work.
Students produce a body of artwork for exhibition and examination, and a research paper or dissertation based on their research proposal. There are two categories of candidature:
(1) Honours by Studio Project and Research Paper (5-7000 words)
(2) Honours by Dissertation (15,000 words) and Minor Studio project.
Workload and assessment
In Honours by Dissertation the emphasis is placed on your writing and research. Your proposition and argument are the focus of your study. The Studio Project should be informed by your investigations and play a supportive role only.
While it is not compulsory for candidates of Honours by Dissertation to attend the Studio Seminar/Research Paper A unit of study, it is recommended. The seminar program offers each student an opportunity show work in progress and to discuss their research with staff and students in their group. Participation can contribute to the development of both your Dissertation and the Minor Studio Project.
The 15,000-word Dissertation provides the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of theoretical and critical issues that affect art making. Writing a Dissertation at this level involves a commitment to serious scholarship, focused research, disciplined editing, rigorous analysis and frequent supervision.
Honours students also undertake the Honours Theories of Art Practice unit of study.