Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. apply innovative skills, techniques, methods or processes within a studio practice
  2. critique and reflect upon the application of skills, techniques, methods and processes
  3. effectively document the decision-making and the experimentation process to present research findings
  4. originate and manufacture an innovative series of contemporary works.
  • Topics

    • Introduction to self directed research project
    • Research ideas / contextualise
    • Research methods and materials
    • Produce a body or series of artworks to express ideas for further development
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

CUR-VSW23-Painting Fine Art Studio Extension , or CUR-VSW27-Sculpture Fine Art Studio Extension


Your are recommended to have completed Level 1 and 2 requirements of the BA (Fine Art) or BA (Fine Art and Visual Culture) major or have approval of equivalent knowledge before starting this.

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment
  • OtherDetails -
    • Other special requirement — Supply your own art materials and have access to a digital camera and/or scanner for documenting your artwork for assessment.


This subject was previously known as Art Project: Innovation and Investigation.

This subject is designed to further develop your capacity for reflection and research-based enquiry into skills, techniques, methods and processes of visual art. You will gain further skills in articulating the studio research process and further develop conceptual frameworks that support artistic practice.

You must supply your own art materials and have access to a digital camera and/or scanner for documenting your artwork for assessment.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Assignment 1 - Final Folio Assessment (60%)
  • Assignment 2 - Studio Research Presentation (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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