ART503 Applied Criticism (16)

In this subject students follow a self-directed research program in which they investigate the artistic, cultural and critical context of their Exhibition/Performance/Project/Production, or other work selected in consultation with their supervisor. If students elect to research other work it may be a major art object or body of work, film or video, exhibition, or performance.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ART503. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Entry is restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Creative Practice

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate their understanding and skills in practical criticism.
  • be able to show an understanding of the intention and reception of the work, of the use of sources, and the respective values of subjective and objective materials.
  • be able to demonstrate skills in evaluative criticism, and the research methodologies gained in ART501/ART511 and ART502/ART512 which are consolidated in ART503/ART513.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Formal Description
Assessing Quality
Considering Purpose and Context
Simple vs Complex Works


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.