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VPA717 Reflection on Practice (16)


A visual or performing arts practice as research subject in which students critically reflect on the artistic, cultural and critical context of their project through a major written paper.

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Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details prior to contacting their course coordinator: VPA717
Where differences exist between the handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge

VPA706 or VPA716

Enrolment restrictions

Available only to students enrolled in the Doctorate of Visual and Performing Arts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
-exercise critical and reflective judgement
-express critical and reflective judgement through essay writing and oral critiquing skills
-demonstrate the ability to apply the evaluative and critical skills gained in specific coursework subjects such as ART501 , ART502, and VPA716
-demonstrate their understanding and skills in practical criticism
show an understanding of the intention of their work and its reception
-demonstrate an understanding of the use of sources
-critically reflect on their own work
-place their own work in a wider critical context.


The subject will cover the following topics:
-creative arts practice as research; -reflection on arts practice; -criticism of arts practice; -formal description; -evaluating the stimulus; -analysing the sources; -evaluating the purpose; -analysing the context; -evaluating the work in relation to world-wide practice; -assess the work in relation to contemporary critical theory; -assessing the quality of the work; -writing and oral presentation skills.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. The purpose of the Residential School is to provide an opportunity for students to present work in progress on their major project for discussion, and to participate in seminars dealing with the course work, including VPA707/717 Reflection on Practice. Activities at the Residential School include work in progress papers/presentations, generic skills workshops, course work subject briefings and seminars, and supervisor tutorials.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.