This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to independently conceive a coherent body of creative work at a professional level. The unit involves experimenting with ideas to evolve own ideas and approaches, refining and developing concepts and techniques in artistic practice, and planning and managing own creative project through to finished product. It also involves engaging with peers and industry networks in ways that develop and confirm own place as an arts professional.  It applies to individuals who have a highly developed command of materials, process and techniques in any creative form.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each competency unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of project and work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - undertake individualised research into area of own creative practice, incorporating: - in-depth focus on a particular idea, material, medium, process or technique; - investigation of own work to identify related strengths and weaknesses; - intensive consultation with more experienced peers; - independently plan a safe and sustainable body of creative work from initial concept to realisation; - independently coordinate a coherent body of professional creative work based on the body of research and development of own ideas, which effectively communicates the intended concept and is suitable for sale, promotion or use in the public domain; - resolve conceptual and technical issues that arise within the work; - evaluate own skills and work against planned professional practice strategy and in the context of work by others to extend own practice; - engage in sustainable ways to support ongoing professional practice and development, including: - evaluating and discussing work with peers in a professional context, and; - participating in related professional networks, associations or events. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - explain the relationship between ideas, technique, materials and process in the relevant art form; - summarise the influences on chosen area of work, in historical and contemporary contexts; - outline critical and creative thinking techniques and how they work in the context of creative practice; - clarify commercial and professional opportunities for creative work in the context of own practice; - outline project management methodologies suitable for creative work; - summarise intellectual property considerations associated with artistic professional practice; - outline sustainability issues associated with the tools and materials used in the chosen creative form, and; - explain work health and safety procedures required in relation to the chosen creative form.

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