Printmedia (Dissertation and minor studio project)
HONOURS SUBJECT AREA
Printmedia explores the use of digital and traditional print processes within a contemporary visual arts context. Drawing, photography and digital graphics are signature mediums for the printmedia studio, and the open structure of the major allows you to engage with these in a wide variety of ways. Work produced in the studio ranges from fine art prints to comics, through to electronic publications and screen printed garments. The major covers a range of print processes that extend from traditional printmaking through to digital print and photography. The major has a well-developed digital component that covers key contemporary design programs, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Flash.
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.