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Writing in Art & Design

Welcome to Writing in Art and Design. Here you will find a range of useful resources to assist you in your study, as well as some excellent examples of student work. Take some time to browse through the site.

Why do I need to be able to write well in Art & Design?

Writing is important in Art & Design for a number of reasons. The most obvious is that many of your assessment tasks will involve some form of written work. This could be in the form of an essay, a report, a visual analysis or a short personal response to an exhibition or work of art. Writing can also offer a valuable way to explore your ideas, record information and manage your research. Indeed, for artists and designers, written text is an important part of studio and professional practice.

What can I expect to find in this website and how will it help me in my study?

This website is intended to help you learn more about writing in Art & Design and to highlight the connections between researching, writing and your artistic practice. As researching involves reading, observing and experimenting, this website offers a variety of suggestions in all of these areas. You will also find detailed information about writing forms and structures, answers to FAQs from Associate Professor Robert Nelson and Selby Coxon, tips from other Faculty staff, and links to helpful sites.

How is this site organised?

Study in Art & Design involves the integration of research, writing and studio practice as shown in the study cycle diagram below.

Image showing the inconnectivity of research, writing and studio practice

To help you develop some of the skills you need, this site concentrates on research and writing, both in a general sense and from the particular perspective of study in Art & Design. It also contains information on developing your academic skills

Explore the ideas, experiment with the guidelines and enjoy the opinions and advice from Faculty staff.



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