Studio Theory Object Art and Design F (THAP3442)


Understanding Professional Practice. This Unit of Study combines three areas: Ceramics; Glass; Jewellery and Object. The unit of study serves to locate a student's practice in a professional context. Through participating in a series of workshops and lectures you will develop and apply strategies fundamental to sound visual arts business practice. Relevant topics such as arts law, copyright, contracts, exhibiting, photographing work, writing of proposals and curriculum vitae and defining a market will be examined. You will be asked to consider and formulate how you want to present yourself publicly as an artist. Knowledge of these areas will establish the solid foundation necessary to facilitate your ability as an artist to sustain a strong business ethic that will enhance and extend your creative working life. These issues will enable you to understand the arts / crafts industry and prepare you for a range of possible career options within the visual arts. Please note due to changes in class sizes course content may be modified.

Further unit of study information


Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 60 hrs


Assessment is based on successful completion of written and or/seminar assignments (100%)


Schaffner I. & Winzen M. (eds) Deep Storage: collecting, storing, and archiving in art Munich ; New York : Prestel, 1998.
Stokes, James Earning a Living in the Visual Arts & Crafts Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1987.
Jill Yelland, The Art of Minding Your Own Business: Arts and Crafts Business Starter and Survival Kit Press for Success., South Perth: Press for Success, 1994.

Faculty/department permission required?


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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge




Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.