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 with particular emphasis on contemporary visual arts practice.
Photomedia emphasises conceptual and practical investigations through projects designed to foster individual interpretations and aesthetic development and promote the acquisition of technical skills and enhance your engagement with research. The studio 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 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 the Honours by Studio course, 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.
This Studio Seminar/Research Paper A unit of study is compulsory for students enrolled in Honours by Studio and Research Paper. Students must satisfy requirements for attendance and participation. The seminar program offers each student an opportunity show work in progress and to discuss their research with staff and students in their group. Individual seminar presentations of approximately 30 minutes (including discussion) will be scheduled between Weeks 5 and 13. Your supervisor will normally be present for your seminar presentation.
The 5,000 to 7,000-word Research Paper may be undertaken as studio documentation, a formal research essay or in another form, which is described in your Study Proposal and approved by your Supervisor.
Honours students also undertake the Honours Theories of Art Practice unit of study.