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VCE Art and Design

Studio Arts Unit 3: Studio Practice and Process


There are no prerequisites for this unit, however it is recommended that students have studied in the Art and Design Learning Area prior to undertaking this subject.

Course Description

The focus of this unit is the implementation of the design process leading to the production of a range of potential directions. Students develop a proposal to define an area of creative exploration. They plan and apply a design process to explore and develop their individual ideas. Analysis of these explorations and the development of the potential directions are an intrinsic part of the design process to support the making of finished artworks in Unit 4.

Students explore professional art practices of artists in relation to particular artworks and art forms and identify the development of styles in artworks.

Areas of Study

Exploration Proposal

This area of study focusses on the development of an Exploration Proposal that creates a framework for the individual design process. This process supports the future development of art making, and remains a reference point for the reflection and analysis of the development of artwork throughout the design process.

In this area of study students:

  • prepare an Exploration Proposal;
  • discuss conceptual possibilities and explain ideas to be explored;
  • describe and explain the focus and subject matter to be communicated and developed;
  • explain the materials to be explored;
  • plan conceptual possibilities;
  • plan the design process;
  • apply appropriate art language and terminology.

Design Process

The design process is developed in sufficient breadth and depth to support the student to produce a range of creative potential directions. A selection of these directions form the basis for the production of a folio of finished artworks completed in Unit 4.

Areas of study include:

  • Exploration and development of individual and creative response.
  • Identification and investigation of sources of inspiration.
  • Conceptual and aesthetic development of subject matter.
  • Exploration of materials and techniques.
  • Documentation of the process during which informed choices will be based on reflection, analysis, evaluation and selection.
  • Methods of organising and planning the development of art works.
  • Development of a range of creative directions.

Professional Art Practices and Styles

This area of study focusses on the professional art practices in relation to a particular art form/s and the development of styles in artworks. Students investigate the ways in which artists have interpreted subject matter, influences, cultural contexts and communicated ideas and meaning in making artworks. Students may study artists and artworks in an art form (for example painting, photography, fashion, architecture) made in different historical periods, or different cultural contexts.

Areas of study include:

  • The ways in which artists interpret artistic influences, cultural contexts and ideas in order to develop distinctive styles and approaches to subject matter.
  • The ways in which changing materials and techniques have affected artistic practices.
  • Traditional and contemporary work environments and their effect on artists professional practice.
  • The ways in which new and emerging media technologies are influences on selected art forms and practices.
  • The legal and ethical obligations involved in the use of the work of other artists in making new art - appropriation, originality, copyright and moral rights of artists.


Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)
Present a design process which defines an area of exploration in a work proposal that explores and develops the ideas described in the work brief that explains how the proposal will be undertaken in the production of a range of potential directions. Developmental folio of work that explores and develops the aims and intentions set out in the work brief and produces a range of potential directions. 33
Examine and discuss traditional and contemporary working practices in relation to a particular art form(s) and the ways in which artists interpret artistic influences, cultural contexts and ideas in developing styles and approaches to subject matter.
  • A collection of annotated research material.
  • Responses to structured questions.
  • An essay.
  • End of year Examination, assessed together with Unit 4 Outcome 3. 
Total Marks 77


Overall Final Assessment

Graded Assessment Title Assessment Exam Duration Contribution to Study Score (%)
1 Unit 3 School-assessed Coursework School-assessed   5
2 Unit 4 School-assessed Coursework School-assessed   5
3 Unit 3 & 4 School-assessed Task School-assessed   60
4 Written Examination November 1.5 hours 30


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