Painting (Dissertation and minor studio project)
HONOURS SUBJECT AREA
Painting addresses historical and contemporary concepts and techniques relating to contemporary painting practice.
Painting is an extended practice with a broad range of representational and non-objective, material, spatial and intellectual possibilities. The object, colour and surface, installation and arrangement, the readymade, typography, photography and digital processes may each profoundly impact on painting as a contemporary practice. In the painting studio these are explored through focused and self-initiated projects. As your studies progress, you will be encouraged to develop your own approaches and set out parameters to create an independent studio practice.
The honours year
The Honours year at Sydney College of the Arts provides you with the opportunity to establish a research practice through the development of a visual art project, over two semesters’ full-time study. An academic staff member will supervise your seminar preparation and studio and written work
At the beginning of the course you select one of the following modes:
(1) Honours by Studio Project and Research Paper (5-7000 words); or
(2) Honours by Dissertation (15,000 words) and Minor Studio project.
You are required to produce a body of artwork for exhibition and examination, and a research paper or dissertation based on your research proposal.
Workload and assessment
In the Honours by Dissertation and Minor Studio project mode, 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 you to attend the Studio Seminar unit of study, it is recommended. The seminar program offers you an opportunity to show work in progress and to discuss your research with staff and students in the group. Participation can contribute to the development of both your dissertation and the studio project.
The Honours Dissertation unit of study provides the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of theoretical and critical issues that affect art making. Writing a dissertation involves a commitment to serious scholarship, focused research, disciplined editing, rigorous analysis and frequent supervision.
You are also required to complete the Honours Theories of Art Practice unit of study.