Visual Arts (Honours)

Course structure and requirements

The honours year allows you to extend your potential in studio-based and written research. You may continue to work in the area of your undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area.

You nominate study in one of the following options:

  • studio practice and research paper (5000-7000 word research paper and a substantial exhibition, performance or installation of artwork) or
  • dissertation (15,000-word dissertation that demonstrates a commitment to serious scholarship, a focused investigation, disciplined editing and rigorous analysis).

Honours by Studio Practice and Research Paper

Semester 1 Semester 2
CAHO4001 Contemporary Arts Honours A CAHO4002 Contemporary Arts Honours B
CAHO4005 Honours Research Seminar  

Honours by Dissertation

Semester 1 Semester 2
CAHO4001 Contemporary Arts Honours Dissertation A CAHO4002 Contemporary Arts Honours Dissertation B
CAHO4005 Honours Research Seminar  

Please refer to the units of study descriptions: Honours units of study.

Honours supervisors

An academic staff member will supervise your studio and written work, seminar preparation and other requirements of the course studies. You are responsible for keeping in regular contact with the appointed course supervisor (an average of an hour per fortnight), maintaining ongoing studies consultation, and observing a schedule of dates for the presentation of research paper or dissertation drafts.

Your supervisor will maintain a record of your progress, and provide you with a summary of your progress at the end of the semester.

Honours examination

Your final examination will take place at the graduate exhibition at the end of the course. You are required to present your research paper and substantial exhibition, performance or installation of artwork; or dissertation at an oral examination, to a panel of two examiners.

At your examination, the examiners will engage in discussion of your studio work and research paper or dissertation, which they will have received and read in advance. They may ask you questions and offer comments.

Information to be provided to students

For a comprehensive guide to the course requirements and advice on approaches to the research paper and dissertation and seminar presentation please refer to the Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) Course Guide (PDF 476 kb).