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 Painting 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.

Study plan

First year is a mixture of interdisciplinary subjects that develop your theoretical and critical awareness of contemporary art practice. From second year on you undertake a 12-credit point painting major unit of study each semester. The major study is combined with a 6-credit point elective to enable you to further tailor your study to desired outcomes. You are also required to complete a 6-credit point critical studies unit each semester.

Graduate opportunities

Painting graduates may become practicing artists, including painters, printmakers and sculptors. They may also establish careers in a wide range of art, design and culture related fields including: art education, arts administration, arts writing, curating, set and exhibition design, public art, product design and publishing.

Further study for major

Eligible students may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) or postgraduate coursework study in studio art. Honours graduates are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research.

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