Courses & Units

Professional Practices 1A FSA779


This unit is available within the following courses: Graduate Certificate of Visual Communication, Graduate Diploma of Visual Communication, Master of Visual Communication, Graduate Certificate of Fine Art and Design, Graduate Diploma of Fine Art and Design, Master of Fine Art and Design.

Full-time students will enrol in FSA779 and FSA781 concurrently in the same semester; and part-time students will enrol in FSA779 and FSA781 over two consecutive semesters.


Professional Practices 1A & 1B aims to facilitate your creative capacity and skills development to enable you to produce professional art or design or curatorial work through the development and realisation of one or more self-directed projects. Projects are supervised by academic staff and developed within one of the following specialisations: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Time Based Media, Visual Communication and 3D Design. In this unit you will begin by developing a proposal and work plan and journal to provide a starting point for your self-directed project. You will work from this to commence developing a body of art or design work based on your own line of speculative self-directed research and building on your contextual, theoretical and studio-based investigations undertaken over the course.


Unit name Professional Practices 1A
Unit code FSA779
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts

Dr. Toby Juliff

Teaching staff

Anne MacDonald, postgraduate coursework coordinator, and relevant studio and/or theory staff as required.

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop and manage a self-directed creative project.
  2. Engage in creative thinking and problem solving to generate ideas through process and exploration.
  3. Identify and apply appropriate technical skills, materials and processes to realise creative concepts.
  4. Document your creative process through a research journal.
  5. Working independently and within teams.
  6. Develop an awareness of the social, ethical and cultural responsibilities of an artists or designer.
  7. Give oral and written presentations to peers, and engage in argument and critical analysis of art and or design.


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
not applicable

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

FSA750 or FSA771


Teaching Pattern

A weekly seminar program of student led presentations, discussions and group critiques. Regular supervisory meetings by arrangement.


Commenced in FSA779 and completed in FSA781. The final submission consisting of an appropriately documented self-directed project (80%), journal (10%) and a 1,000 word project summary (10%) will be examined at the conclusion of FSA781. Assessed by relevant studio and/or theory staff and the coursework postgraduate coordinator.

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