Photomedia (Studio and research paper)
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 Studio Project and Research Paper mode, studio practice is regarded as central to your investigations. Allocated shared studio space will be made available to you to work in. The research paper and the seminar (see below) must clearly evolve out of and produce material and information, which contribute towards your studio practice. Supervisors and examiners will insist upon the relevance and linking of studio practice to your seminar and written work.
The Studio Seminar unit of study is compulsory for students enrolled in Honours by Studio and Research Paper. You must satisfy requirements for attendance and participation. The seminar program offers you an opportunity to show work in progress and to discuss your research with staff and students in your group. You are required to make a seminar presentation of approximately 30 minutes (including discussion). Your supervisor will normally be present for your seminar presentation.
You may write the 5,000 to 7,000-word research paper as studio documentation, a formal research essay or in another form, which is described in your study proposal and approved by your supervisor.
You are also required to complete the Honours Theories of Art Practice unit of study.