Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Fine Art
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Mr Spiros Panigirakis


This unit examines the medium and its materiality across a range of visual art practices including: painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, multi-media, and performance art. It considers trans-disciplinary practices and contextualization in place, space and time. It is a unit that offers in-depth analysis by concentrating on case studies. It introduces students to the critical dialogue around the medium and develops critical dialogue around the medium and its materiality.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. understand and articulate what a medium is both conceptually and practically
  2. analyse the debates surrounding the defence and criticism of medium specificity and the trans-disciplinary
  3. contextualise studio practice within the conceptual models explored in the unit
  4. reflect and engage in critical dialogue about the medium and its importance in twenty-first century art


Short written response (500 words) 20%
Used within a seminar presentation, investigating discourse associated with a medium that is of direct interest to their own practice and/or critical research interests.
Short written review (1000 words) 20%
Engages with primary modes of artistic
practice in conjunction with an understanding of the written form as a medium of artistic interest and scholarship.
Research essay (2500 words)60%
Explores and expands upon a historical and critical context introduced in the lecture program.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour tutorial) per week, plus 9 hours of private study per week.


A first year sequence in Theory of Art & Design or Visual Culture