FINA101-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

What is Practice?

30 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


An introduction to studio practice across five fine arts disciplines.

FINA101 (SEM 1), What is Practice?, is a studio-based course that takes place in five two-week units (eight days), where students are introduced to the different studio disciplines in fine arts (Film, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture). Teaching for the course is founded on an idea of drawing as a process that is fundamental to all art and design enterprise. The aim here is to show that each area of practice offered with the School involves distinctive sets of methods and approaches to drawing.

Learning Outcomes

  • A student who passes FINA101 will:
  • Exhibit a broad understanding of technical and theoretical knowledge across the five studio   departments (Film, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography and Sculpture);
  • Be able to select and apply known solutions to familiar and unfamiliar problems through the production of artistic project work and basic reflective writing assignments;
  • Evidence an ability to select and apply a range of standard and non-standard processes and procedures relevant to the chosen studio discipline;
  • Demonstrate with broad guidance the production of project work;
  • Develop and demonstrate rudimentary skills in class engagement in the contribution of constructive discussions within the studio context;
  • Have developed an understanding of and sensitivity towards a cultural context within the studio environments.
  • Have a developing understanding of presentation skills and self-assessment strategies.


Subject to approval of the Head of School. Entry to this course is limited.

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 13:00 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 13:00 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 13:00 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 13:00 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinators

Steve Carr and Robin Neate

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,987.00

International fee $7,836.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Fees Note

First year students pay an additional materials and field trip fee of $793.00.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 70

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All FINA101 Occurrences

  • FINA101-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019