Table A: Postgraduate core units of study descriptions

Master of Contemporary Art (MCA)

CACA5001 Project 1: Critical Thinking

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x30-min tutorial/week and 1x2-hour seminar/week Assessment: studio review (10%) and seminar participation (10%) and seminar presentation (40%) and 1x30min oral examination of studio project (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study concentrates on combining two modes of art practice; studio practice with critical thinking. Studio practice is individual tutored studio-based artwork which may extend across multiple media. In studio practice, you will develop and present a major contemporary artwork. Critical thinking is an introductory course developed in a seminar and concentrates on the practical, theoretical and material considerations of contemporary art and the relationship with individual studio practice. You will meet with the course coordinator on a weekly basis in a group tutorial situation and make theoretical presentations. Teaching strategies in this unit of study include studio tutorials, studio practice, studio group meetings, studio work review and critique, group seminars, student presentations, site visits and both formal and informal discussion.
CACA5002 Project 2: Critical Contexts

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x30-min tutorial/week and 1x2-hour seminar/week Prerequisites: CACA5001 Assessment: studio review (10%) and seminar participation (10%) and seminar presentation (40%) and 1x30min oral examination of studio project (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study concentrates on combining two modes of art practice; studio practice with critical thinking in relation to the contexts within which contemporary artists produce work. Studio practice is individual tutored studio-based artwork which may extend across multiple media. In studio practice, you will develop and present a major contemporary artwork. Critical contexts is an advanced course developed in a seminar and concentrates on the advanced practical, theoretical and material considerations of contemporary art and the relationship with individual studio practice. You will meet with the course coordinator on a weekly basis in a group tutorial situation and make theoretical presentations. Teaching strategies in this unit of study include studio tutorials, studio practice, studio group meetings, studio work review and critique, group seminars, student presentations, site visits and both formal and informal discussion.
CACA5003 Contemporary Art: Histories and Theories

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hour seminar/week Assessment: 2,000-word essay (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study gives a broad overview of contemporary art and the theories that underpin it. Although international in approach the unit will strive to ground the ideas in Australia through Australian artists. The unit is structured around themes relevant to 21st century practice including: beauty; nature; history; body/relations; politics and space(s). Although not exhaustive these themes will be discussed in the way they help explicate the question: What is the Contemporary?

Master of Moving Image (MMI)

CAMI5001 Project 1: Narrative Elements

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x3-hour studio class/week Corequisites: Corequisites: CAMI5002 Assessment: project documentation (25%) and project presentation (15%) and project (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
"This unit of study provides you with a strong basis in the processes associated with the conceptualisation and development of a media based artwork. This could be a narrative based film, an experimental moving image work, an interactive project or any combination of media production that explores the possibilities of current moving image and media forms. During this course you will be exposed to a range of film screenings, interactive projects and moving image-based artwork. These viewings are intended to expose you to a wide range of filmmaking practices from around the world and to encourage discussion, debate and creative exploration. Through lectures, tutorial, seminars, screenings and class exercises you are provided with a historical and conceptual framework in which to conceive of and develop your own creative projects. You must write and direct these projects yourself and may produce them working with small production teams. Projects are to be supported by a set of professional standard production documents and the presentation of seminars related to the development and production of the work. "
CAMI5002 Moving Image Production

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x3-hour practical/week Corequisites: Corequisites: CAMI5001 Assessment: completion of 3 technical modules (33.3% each) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
"This unit of study is designed to allow you to gain the technical skills necessary to complete the project work associated with Project Major 1: Narrative Elements. Through a series of dedicated technical modules you will gain a demonstrated proficiency in a range of skills and approaches central to the production of moving image works in the contemporary context. The unit is delivered across a number of modes including practical exercises, technical demonstrations and applied case studies. Weekly exercises, combine production and conceptual problem-solving tasks with the development of technical skill and knowledge. The unit of study comprises a series of production classes ¿ including practical exercises, technical demonstrations and case studies ¿ designed to offer proficiency and safe handling of equipment and facilities available for the production of projects. Weekly exercises, combining production and conceptual problem-solving tasks with the expansion of technical skill and knowledge, will cover working with digital video, sound and lighting on location and in the studio. You will be engaged in hands-on group exercises combining practical and creative filmmaking techniques. These exercises will cover care, handling, and safety as well as the creative use of the equipment. In addition, specially designed modules will cover the technical aspects of the preparation of media for the delivery across a wide range of outcomes and the skills associated with the production of interactive and online moving image works."
CAMI5003 Project 2: Transmedia Environments

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x3-hour studio class/week Prerequisites: CAMI5001 Corequisites: Corequisites: CAMI5004 Assessment: project documentation (25%) and project presentation (15%) and project (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
"This unit of study is designed to allow you to consolidate the skills and knowledge gained in Project 1 through the development of media based artworks that explore the possibilities inherent in the contemporary expanded transmedia environment. Working individually and in small production teams you will conceptualise, develop and deliver experimental moving image based works that engage the possibilities presented by a range of delivery devices (mobile, tablet, website etc.) and modes of distribution (internet, gallery, theatrical etc.) Through this unit of study you will be challenged to reconceive of the moving image as an open and negotiable form that can be manifest across a wide range of platforms and outcomes. Possible outcomes for the unit include the development of a gallery-based installation, web-based moving-image projects or platform dedicated applications such as an iPad app. During this unit you will be exposed to a range of film screenings, interactive projects and moving image-based artwork. These viewings are intended to expose you to a wide range of contemporary and historical practices and to encourage discussion, debate and creative exploration. Through lectures, tutorial, seminars, screenings and class exercises you are provided with a historical and conceptual framework in which to conceive of and develop your own creative projects. Projects are to be supported by a set of professional standard production documents and the presentation of seminars related to the development and production of the work"
CAMI5004 Moving Image Post-production

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x3-hour practical/week Prerequisites: CAMI5002 Corequisites: Corequisites: CAMI5003 Assessment: completion of 3 technical modules (33.3% each) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
"This unit of study is designed to allow you to gain the technical skills necessary to complete the project work associated with Project 2: Transmedia Elements. Through a series of dedicated technical modules you will gain a demonstrated proficiency in a range of skills and approaches central to the production of moving image works in the transmedia context. The unit of study is delivered across a number of modes including practical exercises, technical demonstrations and applied case studies. Weekly exercises combine production and conceptual problem-solving tasks with the development of technical skill and knowledge. You will be engaged in hands-on group exercises combining practical and creative filmmaking and media authoring techniques. These exercises build upon the technical skills that you acquired in the Moving Image Production unit. By selecting three modules from an offering of five, you can further refine and specialise your technical learning. A series of dedicated modules in this unit covers the specificities of preparing and delivering moving image across a wide range of platforms including the internet, tablet based applications and mobile delivery."
CAMI5005 History and Theory of Screen

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hour lecture and 1x2-hour tutorial/week Assessment: 2xclass postings (10% each) and seminar presentation (30%) and major essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
"The aim of this unit of study is to provide you with a theoretical and historical understanding of moving image and screen-based forms within the contemporary context. The history of film and associated media will be considered both in relation to key technical and conceptual developments as well as changes in reception and dissemination. In this regard, particular importance will be given to the emergence of networked space and more specifically the internet as a defining paradigm of the contemporary era. A range of films, experimental video, media and interactive works will be examined and discussed in relation to key concepts surrounding film theory and new media. In addition to this a number of key works and concepts from the pre-history of cinema and computation will also be examined to provide a historical context to the discussion. "

All degrees

CAMA6001 Praxis

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: research project or professional project stream: 1x2-hour seminar/week or industry placement stream: 3x3-hour tutorials/sem and 6-hours industry placement/week Prerequisites: (CAMI5003 and CAMI5004 and CAMI5005) or (CACA5002 and CACA5003) Assessment: "research project or professional project stream: seminar presentation (10%) and project proposal (20%) and project (70%) or industry placement stream: professional practice diary (30%) and 2,000-word essay (70%) " Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day Faculty: Sydney College of the Arts
"This unit of study allows you to situate your emerging practice within the context of a chosen professional field. Within the framework of this unit you are required to undertake one stream of professional development activity. These streams are: Research Project, Professional Project and Industry Placement. The streams have been developed to allow you to customise your professional development experience by providing a range of industry related outcomes. The Research Project stream has been designed to allow you to become familiar with traditional research skills in relation to emergent and interdisciplinary methodologies drawn from reflective creative practice. This stream has been designed to facilitate students who wish to pursue further research-based study. The Professional Project stream allows you to create a singular practice-focused project that will act as professional documentation and a promotion tool in your chosen field of practice. Outcomes for this stream can include the production of print based portfolio document (book), a website or an iPad app. The Industry Placement stream of this unit provides you with the opportunity to work closely with recognised industry organisations in your chosen field of endeavor. It is intended that this stream contextualises your learning and develops your understanding of the expectations and responsibility of professional practice."
CAMA6002 Final Project

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1xlecture and 1x2-hour seminar/week Prerequisites: (CAMI5003 and CAMI5004 and CAMI5005) or (CACA5002 and CACA5003) Assessment: project documentation (20%) and seminar presentations (20%) and 1x30-min oral examination of project (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day Faculty: Sydney College of the Arts
"This unit of study allows you to consolidate the skills and knowledge gained in the Project Major 1 and 2 units. Over the course of this unit you will work on the development of a final creative project that is the culmination of your study towards the degree of Master of Contemporary Art or Master of Moving Image. The final project created in this unit will be exhibited in the Degree Show with the associated artistic and professional development acting as a capstone experience to the completed degree. Working individually you will conceptualise, develop and realise creatively based projects that will build on the learning and development you have experienced in preceding units. Much of the study in this unit is self-directed with you responding to assessment milestones that contribute to the development of your major projects. Through an integrated program of seminars, tutorials, screenings, gallery visits and directed exercises you are provided with a framework in which to conceive and develop your major projects. Throughout the unit you are challenged to develop your ideas and artistic practice beyond your achievements of preceding semesters."