Photomedia (Dissertation and minor studio project)
HONOURS SUBJECT AREA
Photomedia focuses on the full range of visual art practices that make up contemporary photomedia. You will be equipped with creative skills relevant to all aspects of this dynamic and expanding area, in particular to contemporary visual arts practice.
Photomedia emphasises conceptual and practical investigations through projects designed to foster individual interpretations and aesthetic development, and to promote the acquisition of technical skills and enhance your engagement with research. Photomedia includes instruction in digital photomedia and chemical photography. Study options cover a cross-section of photomedia investigations: photomedia-installation including the still and moving image; documentary photography; experimental and contemporary practice using analogue and digital technologies. Each study option includes its own specialised theoretical concerns and techniques.
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.